Morocco coronavirus cases now up to 134

Policemen instruct a man to return home in Morocco’s capital Rabat on March 22, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 23 March 2020

Morocco coronavirus cases now up to 134

DUBAI: Morocco reported new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number to 134 cases in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Health said on its website www.covidmaroc.ma.

The new cases have been confirmed at the Pasteur-Maroc Institute’s laboratory and the National Center for Influenza and Respiratory Viruses under the Rabat Hygiene Institute, the ministry said, adding that the cases excluded following negative tests are 523.

The ministry also reported the recovery of three patients, while four deaths were reported.

The ministry urged citizens to observe rules of hygiene, implement the precautionary measures issued by the Moroccan authorities, act with responsibility and show patriotism.


Before and after satellite images show Beirut port decimated

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Before and after satellite images show Beirut port decimated

  • The images from Maxar e shows a huge crater now filled with sea water next to a grain silo building
  • A passenger ship can be seen capsized by the blast
 

 LONDON: High-resolution sateliite images have realed the scale of destruction wrought upon Lebanon's main port after twin explosions killed more than 100 people.

The images were taken from satellites belonging to US-based imaging company Maxar.

The after image shows a huge crater now filled with sea water next to a grain silo building which somehow wasn't completely flattened.

Every other warehouse in the image has been flattened, with just the steel skeletons remaining. Across the other side of the dock, a passenger ship, the Orient Queen, has been blown on to its side by the blast, while other vessels appear destroyed.

Lebanese officials say 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years at the port without safety measure. Reuters reported that a fire started at one warehouse before it spread to abother storing the chemical, which is used in fertilizer and bombs. 

Videos showed a fire and an initial explosion before the massive second explosion sent a shockwave across the city, killing scores, wounding thousands and destroying and damaging buildings.

The blast was felt in Cyprus almost 200 kilometers away. Sim Tack, an analyst and weapons expert at the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor, said based on the crater and glass windows being blown out a distance away, the warehouse exploded with the force equivalent to detonating at least 2.2 kilotons of TNT.

*With agencies