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Source: Anadolu Agency
(Anadolu Agency is a state-run international news agency headquartered in Ankara, Turkey)
Lead: Morocco on Thursday confirmed its second case of COVID-19, the virus that has spread to 79 countries since it surfaced in Wuhan, China last December.
Key Background: The second person infected with coronavirus is a Moroccan citizen who returned from Italy late Wednesday, the North African country’s health ministry announced.
“The infected woman is currently subject to quarantine at a hospital in Casablanca,” it said, adding that the hospital will look after the patient according to approved health standards.
Why is it Newsworthy?: As the Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, now Morocco has two confirmed cases. The two infected Moroccans both traveled via airplane from Italy back to Morocco exposing all passengers and flight crew to the virus so there may be more unconfirmed cases. The Moroccan government has not started mass testing for the virus, so it may be spreading faster than we think. Stay safe.
Lead: On Thursday, the Moroccan government suspended all cultural activities, sports events, seminars and other meetings attended by foreign guests as part of its plan to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Key Background: In a note, addressed to the National Olympic committee, sports federations and other departments, the Culture and Sport Ministry indicated that the measure is to be implemented on March 5.
«The ban covers events attended by more than 1,000 people», the ministry explained, adding that «all festivals, expect moussems» will be banned.
Why is it Newsworthy?: With the growing concern of the spread of coronavirus and the mass hysteria spreading with it, Morocco is attempting to limit the possibility of further infections. This decision will have an impact on their economy and local teams will risk losing revenue until the Corona fears subside.
Coronavirus: Morocco opens probe following publication of names of passengers who travelled with infected man
Source: The North African Post
Lead: Morocco’s Personal Data & Privacy Protection Authority has opened an investigation following the publication in social media networks of the list of the 104 air passengers who travelled with the first Moroccan affected with coronavirus.
Key Background: The protection of privacy is a fundamental right stipulated by the new Constitution of Morocco. Data protection laws prohibit the disclosure or misuse of information about private individuals.
The 104 passengers who were on the same plane with the Moroccan national infected with coronavirus as well as members of his family are quarantined and closely watched over by local medical teams.
Why is it Newsworthy?: In the wake of the first confirmed Moroccan case of Coronavirus, the identities of the other passengers exposed to the virus on the same flight were released by an unknown source. Moroccan authorities are investigating the breach, but still are unsure who leaked the information. This an invasion of privacy that will affect the lives of each passenger from the flight.