A total of 50 businessmen sent a joint letter to the Italian government, calling on the authorities to reconsider the COVID-19 situation in Morocco and facilitate travel to the country.
The entrepreneurs’ letter has been sent to the Italian ambassador to Morocco, Armando Barocco, according to TheSchengen.com.
Among the signatures of the joint letter addressed to the Italian ambassador are persons involved in the tourism industry, travel agencies and real estate who live in Morocco and closely follow the epidemiological situation in this country.
“Since the beginning of the epidemic, Morocco has been on List E of countries considered at risk for which a voluntary 10-day isolation period has been provided. However, to date, there are an average of 400 new infections every day, while in the United Kingdom, for example There are 45,000 new infections every day on List D, the letter states.
According to the letter, people returning to Italy from London, despite being at greater risk due to a case of COVID-19, are being asked to take a PCR test in addition to obtaining a certificate of vaccination.
The letter stressed that Italy’s decision is illogical, especially since Morocco has made great progress and many efforts to ensure the safety of international citizens and residents.
A certificate of COVID-19 vaccination is still mandatory in Morocco, while a state of emergency remains in place. In addition, there is a night curfew starting at 11 pm.
The Italian ambassador said he would send the message to the authorities in Rome.
“We Italians working in Morocco, especially in the field of tourism, are suffering enormous economic damage, which has exacerbated the already critical situation we have been in for the past two years due to the coronavirus,” the letter read.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, a total of 945,960 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Morocco, according to figures published by the World Health Organization. The same shows that in the past 24 hours, 240 people tested positive for the coronavirus and its new strains in Morocco, while seven people died during the same period.
On the other hand, Italy has recorded more than 4,767,440 cases of COVID-19 and 132,074 deaths since the start of the coronavirus.
The Italian tourism industry has also been greatly affected by the COVID-19 situation, although the country’s authorities are trying to revive the sector amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Recently, approximately €191.5 billion of funds were allocated for tourism in the country through the Recovery and Resilience Facility in order to assist the tourism sector.