King Mohammed VI gave his instructions to create a special fund dedicated to the management of the Coronavirus pandemic
PERSISMA, Rabat – His Majesty King Mohammed VI King of Morocco gave His High Instructions to the government to create immediately a special fund dedicated to the management of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 10 billion Dirhams fund will be dedicated to cover the costs of upgrading medical equipment, in terms of adapted infrastructure and additional means which are needed to be urgently provided.
It will also support national economy, through a series of measures that will be proposed by the government, particularly in terms of supporting the most affected sectors by the coronavirus crisis, including tourism, safeguard jobs and mitigate the social repercussions of this crisis “.
Likewise, King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, sent a request for fatwa to the Superior Council of Ulemas, and the scientific authority responsible for fatwas recommended the temporary closure of the mosques for the five daily prayers from Monday 16/03/2020. The measure also concerns the Friday prayer that attract hundreds of worshippers.
The Monarch had also decided to repatriate the Moroccan students from China, where the first coronavirus cases were recorded, a royal solicitude that was highly commended by the students and their families.
In addition to this, the authorities have also made every effort in terms of organization and logistics to allow the repatriation of Moroccan tourists stranded abroad.
Measures were also taken to safeguard commuters using buses, trams and cabs, through regular disinfection of vehicles, equipment and limitation of number of passengers in cabs, Buses and trams.
Besides transportation means, many cities started to disinfect public spaces across the country, including markets, and public administrations. Several administrations and enterprises have allowed their staff to work from their homes to prevent the spread of the virus.