Morocco reported its first case of the coronavirus variant first detected in the UK and has restricted flights from four additional countries to contain its spread, state-run news agency Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP) said Monday.
The variant was detected at the Tangier-Med Port in a Moroccan national who had been in Ireland and arrived on a ship from Marseille, France, MAP reported, citing the kingdom's Health Ministry.
The infected person is not displaying symptoms and was placed in isolation in Casablanca, the ministry added. The patient and his contacts are being treated in accordance with the nation's health protocols.
Flight ban: According to MAP, the Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that Morocco will suspend flights from Australia, Brazil, Ireland, and New Zealand from Tuesday, January 19, "after "the discovery of a suspicious case of coronavirus variant."
The kingdom has now restricted travel from a total of seven countries because of concerns over the variant.
Morocco has reported 460,144 total Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In Africa, only South Africa has recorded more cases.