Coronavirus cases surge in Morocco: what went wrong?

New Covid-19 cases in Morocco over the last five months. Seven-day rolling average, day by day.

Coronavirus infections have been rising sharply in Morocco over the last few weeks, with a record 1,776 new cases reported on Sunday.

This is a major setback for the North African country which, for a while, had come close to bringing the virus under control. By early June its strict lockdown had reduced new cases to around 40 a day but since then something has clearly gone…