GIS – 14 May, 2020: The COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine Bill will
help Government, with the support of every citizen, face the difficult
situation arising from the novel coronavirus outbreak and work for a better
future, stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and
International Trade, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, this evening, in the National
Assembly in Port Louis, during his intervention on the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous
This Bill, he
pointed out, is designed to support the workers and the lower classes of
society. Any worker should be in a position to retain his job, and it is what
Government intends to ensure, he stressed. In addition, the Wage Assistance
Scheme, put in place earlier during the lockdown, has shown Government’s good will
towards the workers, he said.
highlighted that the Bill will provide the legal framework needed to ensure a
smooth reopening of the economy. Despite the uncertainty created by the COVID-19,
Government together with every Mauritian, needs to take their responsibilities
so as to pull the country out of the present crisis.
He further recalled
that, during the lockdown, Government made arrangements to airlift some 1 000
tons of medical supplies from Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and South Korea
and as at date, the country has millions of tablets of chloroquine, and enough
tests for the population. He also reassured that Government’s priority remains
the safety and health of all citizens.
Mauritians stranded abroad, he cautioned that the repatriation exercise must be
done in an orderly manner. The country, he stated, has the necessary facilities
such as quarantine and treatment centres to carry out this exercise properly.
Moreover, more flights to London, Paris, Mumbai, and Chennai are scheduled,
while others are being planned to Madagascar and Australia to bring back citizens.
Government is also working on how to bring back Mauritians working on cruise
ships, added the Minister.
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