Morocco records highest daily increase in COVID-19 infections

Daily tally of COVID-19 cases has been rising in the North African kingdom since the beginning of July as many Moroccans flout safety and health measures.

RABAT – Morocco recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Tuesday with 6,971, taking its total so far to 588,448, the health ministry said.

It reported 27 fatalities to take its coronavirus death toll to 9,638, official data published by the health ministry showed.

A 33-year-old woman died after receiving a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in a vaccination centre in Marrakech, prompting the health ministry to launch an investigation.

The daily tally of cases has been rising since the beginning of July, forcing the government to reimpose a ban on social gatherings, including weddings and funerals where infections could spread and as many Moroccans flout safety and health measures.

Several departments at hospitals in Casablanca, which is the worst affected by the pandemic, have been infected with the virus, exacerbating staff shortages that are threatening proper functioning of key services.

The health ministry said on Tuesday that 9,924,212 people have been vaccinated so far as the country accelerates its vaccination campaign.