Morocco reports highest 2,760 daily new COVID-19 cases, 97,264 in total

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RABAT, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Morocco on Friday reported 2,760 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 97,264.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 76,690 after 1,760 new ones were added, the ministry of health said in a statement.

The death toll rose to 1,755 with 41 new fatalities, while 264 people are in intensive care units.

Meanwhile, the Moroccan government decided on Friday to extend the implementation of the restrictive measures in Casablanca, the worst hit city.

It also urged citizens to strictly respect social distancing, hygiene rules and the obligation to wear a mask.

The epidemiological situation linked to the coronavirus has undergone a huge surge in the North African country since August with daily cases exceeding 1,500 on average.

China has helped Morocco in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A batch of medical supplies donated by the government of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region was transported on June 8 to Casablanca-Settat in Morocco.

On May 14, China Development Bank sent a batch of donation, including respirators and medical protective masks, to help Morocco fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

China's Guizhou Province also donated 15,000 surgical gloves, 20,000 medical masks and 2,000 protective suits to help protect Moroccan medical workers fighting the pandemic. Enditem

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