Morocco on Monday announced a ban on New Year’s Eve celebrations as part of stepped-up measures against rising coronavirus cases.
The government ordered a ban on all forms of celebration on the evening of New Year’s eve, including parties in hotels and tourist sites.
It ordered restaurants and cafes to close at 11.30 pm and said a curfew would be in place from midnight until 6:00 AM on January 1.
Morocco on December 15 detected its first case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.
After a partial reopening of borders, it is to close them again from Thursday to rein in the spread of the highly infectious variant.
Authorities will, however, organize special repatriation flights for expatriates stranded in the country.
Morocco recorded during the past 24 hours 102 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the tally in Morocco to 952,916 infections since the first case was detected on March 2, 2020.
The total number of recoveries reached 936,597, and the total deaths 14,810.
Regarding inoculation, 24,501,405 people have been vaccinated since the launch of the campaign, including 22,843,009 who received the 2nd dose, and 2,390,120 the 3rd dose, said the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.