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April 6th, 2020.
Three stories you need to read today. Compiled and broken down for you by Reporting Morocco student journalists — every day. Brought to you from the School for International Training’s journalism program, Rabat.
Source: New York Times
Lede: Morocco made wearing face masks mandatory starting on Tuesday for anyone allowed to go out during the coronavirus outbreak, the government said.
Key Background: The masks will be sold at a subsidized price of 0.8 dirhams ($0.08) per unit. Those who fail to comply face prison sentences of up to three months and a fine of up to 1,300 dirhams, the government said in a statement on Monday.
Why this is newsworthy: This is a dramatic response to the coronavirus in Morocco and indicates the government’s commitment to strong, top-down measures to stop the spread of the virus as much as possible.
Source: Reuters Africa
Lede: Morocco’s government on Monday said it planned to suspend a 31 billion dirhams ($3 billion) foreign debt ceiling, allowing it to borrow more money as it tries to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
Key Background: Morocco, with 1,120 confirmed cases and 80 deaths, has imposed a month-long lockdown hitting most economic sectors. Its main sources of hard currency – the vital tourism sector, exports, foreign investment and remittances from Moroccans working abroad – are all expected to be hit hard during the crisis.
Why this is newsworthy: This shows how the coronavirus is affecting the Moroccan economy and it’s foreign debt, which will be impacted for years to come.
Source: Morocco World News
Lede: More than 290,000 people have benefited from remote literacy courses since Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs launched the program on March 18.
Key Background: The remote learning initiative substitutes the literacy classes previously offered in mosques. The classes were suspended on March 16, after Morocco’s Supreme Scientific Council decided to close all mosques to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Why this is newsworthy: This shows how various forms of education in Morocco are adjusting to the transition online.