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January 8, 2021

Pandemic empties blue-hued Moroccan tourist town

Associated Press

In the Middle Ages, the town of Chefchaouen was populated by Moriscos, or Moors, fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. Today, it's known as the “Blue Pearl of Morocco,” and is one of the top destinations in the kingdom, often overcrowded, with hotels booked to capacity.

CHEFCHAOUEN, Morocco — When COVID-19 hit Morocco, the mountainous town of Chefchaouen was one of the few that registered no cases. The picturesque town, its facades painted in distinctive hues of blue, shut its small population off from the world, and kept the virus out for months.

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