Rabat, Feb. 11 -- Head of Government and Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) Saad Eddine El Othmani stated during a meeting with party members that "there are rumors and misinformation about H1N1 on social media" instilling panic.

El Othmani expressed surprise that some schools had closed because of rumors exaggerating the H1N1 outbreak. He argued, "It is very normal and only affects people with a weak immune system or suffering from chronic diseases."

He added that H1N1 is "living its last days" this year. He said the seasonal virus was more stable than previous years, reflecting the Ministry of Health's statement last week.

H1N1 killed 16 people in recent weeks in Morocco. According to the health minister, Anas Doukka...