First COVID-19 cases in Mauritius

Ish Sookun

The Prime Minister of Mauritius, P. K. Jugnauth held a press conference tonight to announce that three persons, all of them Mauritians, have been tested positive to the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

One person having recently visited the United Kingdom and two others who worked on a cruise ship. The person coming from UK was not in quarantine and was only tested positive after being ill and visited the Candos hospital. The other two persons were quarantined upon their arrival to Mauritius and later they were tested positive for COVID-19.

Public reaction on the social networks was undoubtedly bitter towards the government. The past few weeks it was a general feeling among Mauritians that the government should take strict measures, restrict access to the island, and that all inbound passengers be on mandatory quarantine. Such calls went to deaf ears. Even opposition's pressure was ineffective.

Today, we are no more a safe haven because of incompetent decisions of the government. 😔