Morocco | Businesses Transform their Models to Help Counter the Pandemic 

Given the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections in the North African nation, a factory that used to manufacture equipment for bakeries has shifted its operations to produce glass protective face covers and supply them, free of charge, to healthcare front-liners in hospitals. This step goes in line with the government’s initiative to allocate financial assistance to support SMEs that are willing to transform their business models to produce protective equipment to counter the widespread of coronavirus in the country.

Several textile factories are currently producing face masks with expectations that production capacity will reach 2.5 million pieces. These masks will primarily cover the shortage in hospitals and other essential services such as law enforcement officers. Morocco has the third-largest number of coronavirus patients among the African OIC countries, after Algeria and Egypt. A total of  1,184 cases have recorded until 7 April, of which 93 recovered and 90 passed away. The first case was confirmed on 2 March and the number has doubled since 30 March.