The city of Safi, which until then had been able to resist the spread of the virus, has been affected by the epidemic very quickly to the extent that the southern port town has been reconfined, Moroccan authorities announced on Sunday.
This decision was taken after an outbreak of contamination in a fish canning factory in Safi. According to the 360.ma site, the factory is believed to have close to 400 infected people, most of whom are female workers. This has led to an upsurge in the number of infections. Morocco recorded on Sunday, 698 new cases of contamination, the highest daily toll since early March. The authorities have therefore placed the city in quarantine and its 300,000 inhabitants in total confinement.
Morocco had already begun its gradual deconfinement on 11 June by dividing the country into two zones according to the level of contamination: zone 1, the least affected zone, where measures had been relaxed, and zone 2, the most affected zone, where measures had remained strict and finally joined zone 1. The state of emergency is in force until 10 July and the wearing of masks remains mandatorily required. The country officially has 14,329 cases, including 235 deaths.