GIS - 13 May, 2020: The
Attorney-General, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh Gobin,
reassured the population that the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and
the Quarantine Bill, presented today by Prime Minister Jugnauth, in the
National Assembly, will
provide for a reformed and modern appropriate legislative framework comprising
all necessary measures in the wake of communicable diseases.
speaking at the daily press briefing of the National Communication Committee of
Covid-19 at the Treasury Building in Port-Louis during which various aspects of
the two bills were also discussed.
Gobin underlined that the new legislations are deemed as being crucial with the
increasing adverse impacts of the Covid-19 on the socio-economic front of the
country. He reiterated that new amendments have been brought in the best
interests of the population following thorough discussions with all
the spread of fake news on social media concerning the implications of the two
bills adding that all measures taken are in line with Government’s strategy to
ensure preparedness of the country on the national level in the face of such
difficult situations in the future.
part, Minister Jagutpal spoke of the Quarantine Bill which will make provision
for the setting up of quarantine centres to restrict vectors of the
contamination from reaching the population. Infected persons, he added, will be
given necessary and timely treatment in the centres where proper follow-up and
monitoring of their health will be done by health professionals. He also
underlined that any person failing to answer and provide precise information
asked by a quarantine officer will be subject to severe penalties.
Joomaye highlighted that these measures will cater to several issues evoked
during the curfew period such as the payment of CWA and CEB bills and licences
as well as the collect of rents for commercial buildings and properties. He
also made reference to changes brought in the acts namely the Bank of Mauritius Act, Education Act, Employment
Relations Act, and Mauritius Revenue Authority Act, amongst others, that will
help sustain the progress of Mauritius on various fronts.
As regards fake news around Work Access Permit, he
stated that the system will remain operational to ensure that all individuals
who have submitted their applications receive their permits in accordance to
the criteria. As at date, the Mauritius Police Force has received a total of 60
426 applications out of which 31 032 applications have already been approved,
Latest figures on Covid-19
information on the situation are as follows:
Zero active case
322 successfully treated patients
Total number of PCR tests and Rapid Antigen
tests conducted as at date are 24 080 and 56 152 respectively
220 passengers in quarantine centres
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