Mauritius sets new record of new COVID-19 cases. The country re-opened its borders on 15 July 2021. On the same day the number of new local cases of COVID-19 rose to an unprecedented peak and the country recorded one unfortunate COVID-19 related death.
Supermarkets and shops started operating as from 09h00 today. Alas! It's chaos... at most of the major hypermarkets of the island. A long queue of people can be seen at Super U, Grand Baie. A similar trend is observed at other supermarkets
Supermarkets and shops will be opened from 09h00 - 17h00, Monday to Saturday. Access to the supermarkets will be allowed on alphabetical order. For this purpose, everyone should bring their national identity card with them and expats should bring their passport or residential/work permit.
Last week several online shopping services sprouted to answer the call of numerous people who needed food provisions. I say « services » rather than websites because some of them are operating through Facebook pages, Messenger, WhatsApp or even text messages.
Local cases of COVID-19 are being identified daily. Despite this alarm, the curfew, and the confinement, people do not seem to follow strict hygiene guidelines. Press reports show how people are queueing up at gas stations, close to each other, some not properly covered, etc.
A day later, that is today, the person's conditional freedom plea was heard by a Magistrate of the District court of Black River (Bambous), through WhatsApp and the decision to allow bail was given through same.