Mauritius, the pearl island of the Indian Ocean has spectacularly become coronavirus-free with no active case for 15 days while most countries are taking the bulls by their horns to overcome this global pandemic. No wonder why Mark Twain once titled the island as “Paradise Island”. It is indeed a paradise as the inhabitants there can, for the time being, live in a stress-free atmosphere.
According to the data provided by US-based John Hopkins University, 332 patients have been tested positive while 322 have already recovered from the disease. Only 10 people have died so far. On Monday, the Ministry of Health and Wellness pointed out that “73, 572 covid-19 tests have been carried out, including 50,077 Rapid Antigen Tests and 23 495 PCR tests”.
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The country seems to be leaving no stone unturned to eradicate the very trace of coronavirus. A series of measures has been taken against this unprecedented situation. The regulations to wear masks and gloves are strictly maintained. Also, people have been ordered to go to the supermarkets in the prescribed alphabetical order:
- A-F: Monday and Thursday
- G-N: Tuesday and Friday
- O-Z: Wednesday and Saturday
- Supermarkets closed on Sunday.
Trolleys are sanitised and only one person in a household is allowed to go to the supermarkets to buy groceries. Temperature of the customers is also checked at the supermarket. The maximum time allowed to a person is 30 minutes.
Likewise, people who are eligible for pensions are receiving them at their doorstep as post offices remain closed due to the spread of coronavirus. Similarly schools are closed but lessons for lower forms are being broadcast on television via MBC – Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation.
Earlier Prime Minister Jugnauth pronounced that to cater to the needy in this dreadful situation, some 65 000 vulnerable households will benefit from a 20 percent reduction on their electricity bills while small enterprises whose electricity consumption does not exceed 125 kilowatts will be accountable to a reduction of 10 percent.