GIS – 28 March, 2020: A sum of Rs 7.5 million has been raised, as at date, for the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund put in place to provide support to the population in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, announced the spokesperson of the National Communication Committee on Covid-19, Dr Zouberr Joomaye, at the daily press briefing held, this evening, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.
With regard to the number of Covid-19 cases, he underlined that during the last 24 hours, a total of 187 tests was conducted out of which eight new positive cases were identified thereby bringing the total of infected people to 102. On the international front, he said, Covid-19 continues to surge in Europe and in the United States where the highest number of people tested positive for the virus has been recorded.
Dr Joomaye also spoke of the disruptions encountered on the online shopping platforms due to an overloaded website traffic. He reassured citizens that necessary actions were being taken to increase the system capacity of these online shopping service providers to allow them to cater for the needs of the population. An action plan with strict sanitary guidelines is in the pipeline for the re-opening of supermarkets, he said,and will be communicated in due course.
Moreover, Dr Joomaye highlighted the important economic measures enumerated in the Financial Support Plan proposed by the Government to relieve operators especially Small and Medium Enterprises from the adverse impact of the Covid-19. He urged entrepreneurs to consult the website of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, mof.govmu.org, for all necessary information that they may require to benefit from the Plan.
He also expressed satisfaction regarding the smooth distribution of food packs to the people in need and reiterated Government's support to the population. The hard work and sacrifice of the staffin the health and other essential services is indeed remarkable during this difficult phase, added Dr Joomaye.
The Director of Health Services, Dr Vasantrao Gujadhur, for his part, provided details on the cases reported positive while highlighting that out of the 102 cases, 58 were transmitted locally and the remaining ones were imported. He added that some 756 contact tracing have been conducted, till date, out of which 60 people were found to be infected with the virus. With regard to the eight new cases, he outlined that seven of them are persons aged between 40 and 60 years. Three medical staff were also tested positive for Covid-19 in the batch of the eight new cases.
He thus urged each and every one to join forces and respect the conditions of the curfew period and social distancing, which he said, are vital so as control the cycle of transmissions and contain all risks of the pandemic. On this score, he predicted that if all laws of confinement are strictly adhered to, Mauritius can experience a flattening curve of the Covid-19 in the near future.
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