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Moroccan Medics Protest Over Conditions, Staff Shortages As Pandemic Surges

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Moroccan Medics Protest Over Conditions, Staff Shortages As Pandemic Surges

Moroccan medics have staged a protest over what they call working conditions and staff shortages as the Coronavirus pandemic surges in the country.

The medics say working conditions are so bad for some front line workers handling a surging Coronavirus outbreak in Morocco.

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There are also concerns over inadequate staffing and poorly equipped facilities.

The kingdom recorded a record 2,430 cases on Friday and has confirmed more than 1,000 new cases every day since July – the steepest increase among its north African nations. Despite an intense three-month lockdown, the virus spread in Morocco and surged after restrictions were lifted, reaching more than 86,000 cases in total.

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Unions representing health workers said, some intensive care units in hospitals are overrun while other wards are full. The national nurses’ movement said at least 526 of their members had been infected, aggravating staff shortages.

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King Mohammed VI said last month that the health situation “does not leave much room for optimism”.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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