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News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

AUJOURD'HUI LE MAROC
Subsidized masks coming soon to all pharmacies:
The protective masks subsidized by the Special Fund for the management of the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) will also be on sale in pharmacies. This was announced by Hamza Guedira, President of the National Council of the Order of Pharmacists. This decision comes after a meeting held this morning in Casablanca between the Order of Pharmacists and Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry and Trade. "Within 24 or 48 hours, the modalities will be put in place to start this operation of selling masks subsidized by the Special Fund for the management of Covid-19 and to participate in this national effort," said Mr. Guedira...

Appearance of a false jellyfish on the Mediterranean beaches:
This is a floating "false jellyfish" commonly called the "sea wind" or the "purple float" or the "vellum," the ministry said in a statement, stressing that this species is "non-urticulating and harmless to humans." It lives on the surface in the open sea and can be washed ashore in particular weather conditions, carried by the winds thanks to their sails. In this case, its appearance follows the latest storms recorded in the areas concerned, explains the same source, adding that the stranding of this species is common along the Moroccan coasts with varying densities...


LE MATIN DU SAHARA
The Special Commission on the Development Model adapts its consultations in the field to the health guidelines of the authorities:
The Special Commission on the Development Model (SCDM) has launched its collaborative digital platform "Csmd.ma" in Arabic and French for all citizens and Moroccans of the world. This digital space, launched in accordance with the High directives of H.M. King Mohammed VI calling "for the involvement of all national competencies, serious actors, and the nation's living forces" in the process of reflection on the development model, aims to collect proposals and contributions from all for a model of participatory and inclusive development, underlines the CSMD in a statement...

Saâd Eddine El Othmani: Morocco has taken more than 350 measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic:
The House of Representatives held yesterday a session devoted to questions to the Head of Government on general policy. Focused on the health, economic, and social repercussions of the spread of the coronavirus and the measures taken to deal with the pandemic, this session was an opportunity for Saâd Eddine El Othmani to review the various measures taken in recent weeks. Expressing optimism about the Kingdom's capacity to cope with this situation, the Head of Government said that Morocco will emerge victorious and with its head held high...


LES INSPIRATIONS ÉCO
Financial stability. What scenarios for post-Covid-19? :
"In this exceptionally difficult context, the severity of the impact on the national economy depends to a large extent on the duration of this health crisis and the depth of its aftermath," CDG Capital analysts estimate in their latest study. Namely, their hypothesis is mainly based on the support plan adopted by the Economic Monitoring Committee (CVE) whose solutions cover a period of 4 months from March to June...

Public finances. An almost normal 1st quarter:
At the end of March, despite the coronavirus crisis, the main indicators of public finances did not change much from a quasi-normal year. Admittedly, at this date, the budgetary and financial impact of the pandemic cannot be quantified. We still have to wait two or three months to better understand the upheavals in the financial structure of the State. Thus, the bulletin of the General Treasury of the Kingdom (TGR) for the first quarter reads exactly like that of a normal economic situation...


LIBERATION
The abusive assault on the welfare state: What if we put the issues of progressive taxation and ownership back at the centre of the retaliation against Covid-19:
Today, the world's policy makers seem completely overwhelmed by current events. At least that's what we can learn from their crisis communication and from the field actions to test the Covid-19. Just like those who, with their arrogant attitude, considered the risk of a pandemic as a joke that nobody can believe, others who came up with absurd and completely disjointed theories such as "herd immunity" or those who preferred, quite simply, to lie about the infection and death figures...

When will the containment end, and what will be the modalities? :
When will the containment for the Covid-19 pandemic end, and what will be the modalities? The question is on everyone's lips, and the answers remain very uncertain. But since the media release of Ursula von der Leyden in the German daily Bild published on Sunday, we can see a little more clearly. The President of the European Commission considered "that contacts with senior citizens and vulnerable people should be limited as much as possible until the end of the year..."