World Bank approves 48-mln-USD loan for Morocco to fight COVID-19 outbreak

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RABAT, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank has approved a loan worth 48 million U.S. dollars to help upgrade Morocco's health sector's resilience to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, official news agency MAP reported on Wednesday.

The loan will finance the procurement of drugs, equipment, and medical supplies for laboratories and hospitals accredited to deal with COVID-19 cases and will also provide additional resources for equipment and training of health workers.

Morocco "has already taken significant steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak and lessen impact on vulnerable sectors and households," MAP quoted World Bank Maghreb Country Director Jesko Hentschel as saying.

"Through the current support, we intend to provide Morocco with additional resources to enhance its testing capacity and develop preventive solutions against the virus spread," Hentschel added.

Morocco reported 54 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 8,985 since March 2. Enditem

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