68 persons tested positive for coronavirus in Morocco prison

Reports coming from Morocco show that sixty-eight people, at a prison in the southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate mostly staff, have contacted the deadly coronavirus.

Prison authorities confirmed the news but said no death has been recorded.

At the Ouarzazate prison, it shows that at least six inmates were among those to have contracted the coronavirus and are currently undergoing testing.

In early April, Morocco released 5,645 prisoners. It stated that some of them had health issues and decided to free them as measures to contain the risk of the coronavirus spreading in its prisons as experienced in some other countries.

Morocco’s prime minister said on Tuesday the rise in cases despite weeks of lockdown restrictions is due to transmission within families, factories and commercial centres, where food shops remain open.


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