Mauritius placed in temporary lockdown amid new COVID-19 cases

Published on : Monday, March 15, 2021

The government of Mauritius recently announced that it has decided to place the country in temporary lockdown until March 25 and implemented COVID-19 public health protocols amid the new rise in coronavirus cases. The decision arrived following the reporting of 15 COVID-19 cases in the community with the aim to keep the country as safe and secure as possible.

All international and domestic inbound and outbound passenger flights have been suspended until March 25, but cargo flights will continue to operate. Nearly 1.4 million citizens and residents as well as visitors to the country have been asked to stay at home or in their booked accommodation for the next two weeks and to follow public health guidelines to allow for testing and other public health protocols to be completed.

Public health officials have already implemented track and trace protocols and have successfully located and isolated those that may have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Mauritius already started its COVID-19 vaccination programme in January and also started to offer the jab to non-residents recently.

Nilen Vencadasmy, Chairman, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, said in a statement that the number one priority of the authorities is to keep the country safe and secure for all. He mentioned that although just 15 cases of COVID-19 have been detected across the whole island, the country has decided to implement the nationwide lockdown to make sure that there is no risk of it spreading further.

He shared that the current public health measures, while precautionary, are applicable to everyone and urged visitors to Mauritius to follow the rules. He also mentioned that Mauritius is looking forward to welcoming visitors back later in 2021 in the knowledge that they are a safe and secure destination.

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