Morocco to ban travellers from China over Covid spread

Morocco to ban travellers from China over Covid spread
As China battles an explosion of covid-19 cases, Morocco joins other countries setting limitations on travelers coming from there.
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Cities across China have struggled with surging Covid-19 infections. (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Morocco said Saturday it will ban entry to all travellers from China, where cases of Covid-19 have exploded.

Other nations, including France, Britain and Morocco's cross-strait neighbour Spain, have said they will require negative Covid tests for all travellers from mainland China.

But the Moroccan foreign ministry said in a statement that authorities in the North African country "decided to forbid access to territory of the Kingdom of Morocco for all travellers, whatever their nationality, coming from the People's Republic of China."

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The ban will take effect on January 3 and last until further notice, "in order to avoid a new wave of contaminations in Morocco and all its consequences," the ministry said.

China said in December that it would end mandatory quarantine for people arriving in the country and that it had abandoned strict measures to contain the virus.