Morocco’s king tests positive for COVID-19

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King Mohammed VI of Morocco has tested positive for COVID-19 but has exhibited no symptoms, his doctor said on Thursday.

The king will be on sick leave for a couple of days, his doctor Lahcen Belyamani said in a statement carried by state media.

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Professor Lahcen Belyamani recommended “a period of rest for a few days”, according to a statement published by the official MAP news agency.

King Mohammed, who holds sweeping powers, has headed the regions longest-serving dynasty since 1999.

The 58-year-old king’s health is the subject of keen public interest especially since he underwent heart surgery in both February 2018 and June 2020.

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