Published on : Wednesday, September 15, 2021
In Mauritius, hospitals are crowded, ventilators are getting hard to acquire and there’s no longer enough space at the main cemetery for the deceased Covid patients.
Hardly three weeks ago, this island nation opened its international doors to foreign travelers at the start of the peak tourist season. This paradise island nation is currently fighting with an alarming blast in infections and deaths related to coronavirus.
Coronavirus cases have jumped over five-fold in just two months to over 12,600 as of Friday. This record is by far the largest increase across Africa during this period, according to data compiled by AFP.
Mauritius recorded 1,005 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, since the pandemic started. It’s far higher than the continent’s average of 598.
At present, the crisis is so sensitive that 74-year-old former prime minister Navin Ramgoolam has come down to India for Covid treatment, and the opposition leader has talked about his struggle to find a bed for an ailing friend.
“People do not realise how bad the situation is,” said one nurse at a Covid treatment centre, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of possible reprisals.
“We are already above capacity”.
The idyllic Indian Ocean holiday destination, in July, had partly reopened to vaccinated international visitors.
But they had to remain in “resort bubbles” for 14 days before being allowed to venture further afield, provided they had a negative PCR test.