Morocco to resume domestic travel and services

Seats are decontaminated against coronavirus at the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, Morocco on June 16, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 21 June 2020

Morocco to resume domestic travel and services

  • Domestic travel will resume including flights and railways
  • Most coronavirus cases registered recently were in industrial or among extended families

RABAT: Morocco will further loosen lockdown measures for the services sector and domestic transport starting June 24, the government said on Sunday.
Cafes, restaurants, sports clubs, and other services and entertainment businesses will be able to resume activity at half capacity except in the provinces of Tangier, Larache, Marrakech and Kenitra, where infections remain higher, it said.
Domestic travel will resume including flights and railways, it said. International passenger traffic remains suspended.
Mosques have been closed since the lockdown started on March 20 and the state of emergency has been extended to July 10. Schools will only reopen in September.
Most coronavirus cases registered recently were in industrial or among extended families, with 457 cases on Friday, the largest single-day rise in cases, in a cluster linked to fruit packaging plants north of Rabat, where a field hospital was set up.
Morocco has grouped COVID-19 patients in two hospitals near Casablanca and near Marrakech to free capacity at other hospitals.
By Sunday morning, Morocco had recorded 9,957 cases, including 213 deaths and 8,249 recoveries.
The country has airlifted Moroccan-made medical supplies to 15 African countries, including 8 million masks, protective gear, sanitizer and medicine.


US president awards Kuwait’s emir with rare military decoration

Updated 18 September 2020

US president awards Kuwait’s emir with rare military decoration

  • The award was accepted on behalf of the emir by his son Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
  • The honor was granted in recognition of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s “great efforts” and the important role he plays in the region and the world

LONDON: US President Donald Trump on Friday presented Kuwait’s emir with a rare military award during a private ceremony at the White House.
The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander is a prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the American president and was last awarded in 1991.
The honor was granted in recognition of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s “great efforts” and the important role he plays in the region and the world, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
It also reflected the “distinguished and historic” partnership between Kuwait and the US and came in advance of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, KUNA added.
The award was accepted on behalf of the emir by his son Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.

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