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Morocco registers 8,501 new COVID-19 cases

15 Jan 2022, 03:44 GMT+10

RABAT, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Morocco registered 8,501 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, bringing its tally of COVID-19 infections to 1,034,399, the Moroccan Ministry of Health said on Friday.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Morocco rose by nine to 14,954, the ministry said in a statement.

Morocco saw a huge surge of positive COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive week, due to the Omicron variant, although the North African country has since Nov. 29, 2021 banned all international flights and closed it's air borders until Jan. 31.

Meanwhile, the total number of people fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 in Morocco reached 23,006,557, representing more than 75 percent of the target population, the statement said.

So far, a total of 24,611,313 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Morocco, as well as 3,764,532 third booster shots, it said.

The North African country launched a nationwide vaccination campaign on Jan. 28, 2021 after the arrival of the first shipment of China's Sinopharm vaccines.

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