Army patrols as Moroccans defy virus measures for prayers

Military autos patrol the streets within the Moroccan metropolis of Marrakesh on March 22, 2020, to assist implement the federal government’s order for individuals to remain at dwelling amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. AFP

Groups of Moroccans went out to wish and to protest within the streets on the weekend, defying orders to remain at dwelling to fight the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

Images shared on social networks and broadcast by native media confirmed individuals chanting “God is greatest and only he can help us,” in cities of Tangiers, Fez and Tetouan.

Some spoke of the virus as a “divine test”.

Mosques in Morocco are closed and spiritual authorities have instructed the trustworthy to wish at dwelling.

A public well being state of emergency went into impact within the Muslim-majority nation on Friday night, and safety forces and the military have been deployed on the streets.

The navy deployed armoured autos within the capital Rabat, an AFP journalist stated, in addition to in different cities, in line with native media.

People have been ordered to remain at dwelling, and restrictions on public transport and journey between cities are additionally in place.

Images circulating on social media confirmed the typically heavy-handed arrest of these not abiding by orders.

The DGSN safety power stated a person had been arrested in Casablanca for promoting motion permits, and a policeman in Marrakesh was beneath investigation on comparable accusations.

Around 20 individuals have been arrested in latest days for spreading false data or calling for civil disobedience, the DGSN added.

Morocco final week suspended all industrial worldwide flights “until further notice”, though particular journeys had been authorised to repatriate stranded foreigners.

The French embassy in Morocco stated on Twitter that some 140 particular flights had been organised to take over 25,000 individuals to France.

The UK, US and Canada additionally organised evacuation flights, native embassies stated.

The US embassy, in a tweet Friday, had warned its residents that Moroccan airspace would shut indefinitely on Sunday morning.

A particular provision permitting Moroccans to return from overseas ended on Sunday at 1100 GMT, a international ministry assertion stated.

The variety of formally reported COVID-19 instances in Morocco reached 108 on Sunday, with three deaths and three recoveries.

The nation has two screening centres and 1,642 intensive care beds for 35 million inhabitants.

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