RABAT, Morocco 

Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Sunday pardoned 5,645 prisoners in preventive measures against coronavirus, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
The monarch called for “taking all necessary measures to strengthen the protection of inmates and correctional institutions [concerned with minor prisoners under 18 years old] from the spread of coronavirus.”

“Due to the exceptional circumstances associated with the situation of health emergency and the imposed precautions to take, this process will be implemented in a gradual manner,” the statement said.

On Saturday, the Moroccan Ministry of Health said that the total number of COVID-19 infections rose to 919,

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