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Covid-19: Additional social measures to support and protect vulnerable groups

Date: April 04, 2020
Domain:Health; Social Security
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 04 April, 2020: All Government actions taken amid the Covid-19 outbreak are geared towards relieving the population from its adverse socio-economic effects and providing support to vulnerable groups. In this context, a home to home payment system of pension to some 58 000 beneficiaries, comprising the elderly, people with disabilities and the vulnerable, is being implemented since yesterday so as to contain the risk of transmission.


Speaking at the daily press briefing of the National Communication Committee on Covid-19, this afternoon, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis, the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, recalled that the above mentioned measure will help lessen the spread of the Covid-19. Mauritius has recorded, as at date, a total of 196 positive cases of Covid-19, including seven deaths. He stressed that it is only through collective action, shared sacrifice and national determination that Mauritius can overcome this outbreak.


Prime Minister Jugnauth announced that to support the needy in this dire situation, some 65 000 vulnerable households will benefit from a 20 percent reduction on their electricity bills while small enterprises whose electricity consumption do not exceed 125 kilowatts will receive a reduction of 10 percent. He also outlined a series of measures taken in the wake of this unprecedented situation, namely financial support of Rs 5100 to persons employed in informal sectors and those who are self-employed, and reopening of supermarkets under strict guidelines, amongst others.


He cautioned that the seasonal transition to winter will soon start and urged everyone to take more precautions against the seasonal flu. To this end, he stated that the Ministry of Health and Wellness will soon start the annual anti-influenza vaccination exercise for the elderly and people at risks, and will also deploy mobile health clinics to reach all citizens.


As regards the reopening of supermarkets, the Prime Minister stressed that all supermarkets and shops will remain open but the situation will be closely monitored by the authorities for further improvement. He expressed satisfaction to the fact that most citizens are respecting social distancing and are adhering to the conditions imposed. He attributed this positive change mainly to the various sensitisation campaigns being carried out


For his part, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal underlined that quality health services are being offered by experienced medical staff to people who have been tested positive to Covid-19. 

​#ResOuLakaz  #BeSafeMoris 

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