Morocco confirmed on Saturday that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 18, including Transport, Logistics and Water Minister Abdelkader Amara who contracted the virus while on a European trip, the state news agency said.
A statement by the ministry said that the minister is in quarantine at his home for two weeks.
One of the cases was locally transmitted. One person has died and another has recovered from the virus.
Morocco has also suspended flights to and from another 25 countries over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, extending an earlier travel ban that covered China, Spain, Italy, France and Algeria.
Other countries with which air travel is now suspended are Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Senegal, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the UAE.
The government has closed all schools and cancelled gatherings of more than 50 people to stop the coronavirus spreading.
For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.
Morocco suspends travel links with Spain, France to prevent coronavirusMorocco suspended air and sea links with France and Spain on Friday as well as closing land borders with two Spanish North African enclaves to prevent ... World News
New coronavirus case in Morocco brings total to seven: MinistryA new coronavirus case was confirmed in Morocco on Friday, bringing the total of infected people in the country to seven, according to the health ... North Africa
Morocco announces first coronavirus deathMorocco’s health ministry said Tuesday the country had recorded its first death linked to the new coronavirus, an 89-year-old woman who suffered ... North Africa
Morocco health ministry reports first coronavirus caseMorocco’s health ministry declared on Monday its first coronavirus case, from a Moroccan man living in Italy.The man is currently receiving ... North Africa