Sat, 27 Nov 2021

RABAT, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Morocco announced on Thursday that it will suspend regular passenger flights with France starting Friday to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspension will come into effect starting on Nov. 26 at 11:59 p.m. local time until further notice, the Moroccan Monitoring Committee of COVID-19 said in a statement.

It added that the decision "is taken to preserve Morocco's achievements in terms of management of the COVID-19 pandemic and to deal with the deterioration of the health situation in some European countries."

Morocco had previously cancelled flights with Russia, the UK and the Netherlands for the same reasons.

The country has witnessed since Nov. 10 a significant drop in COVID-19 cases, confirming the end of the 3rd wave of the pandemic.

Morocco is the African country with the highest percentage of the population fully vaccinated, as it has launched a successful vaccination campaign since Jan. 28 after the arrival of the first shipment of China's Sinopharm vaccines.

As of Thursday, the total number of people fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 in Morocco reached 22,613,171, representing more than 70 percent of the target population.

So far, a total of 24,405,128 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Morocco, as well as 1,633,289 third booster shots, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.

Meanwhile, Morocco's tally of COVID-19 infections rose to 949,378 as 115 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, while the total recoveries increased by 115 to 931,548.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Morocco stood at 14,770 with no new fatality registered during the last 24 hours.

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