GIS – 22 May, 2020: A total of 101 052 tests including 26 339 PCR and 74
713 Rapid Antigen tests have been carried out in Mauritius, and some 8% of the
population already tested for Covid-19. This percentage has been recorded from
mass screening of the public including all frontliners.
The spokesperson of the National Communication
Committee on Covid-19, Dr Zouberr Joomaye, provided the updates on the situation,
this evening, during a press briefing at the Treasury Building, in Port Louis.
The Minister of Tourism, Mr Joe Lesjongard, and the Minister of Health and
Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, were also present.
Mauritius, Dr Joomaye underlined, has experienced a
25-day streak of no new Covid-19 cases since 26 April 2020 which, according to
him, is encouraging. He added that some 319 passengers are currently in six
different quarantine centres across the country following the recent repatriation
exercise of stranded Mauritians.
For his part, Minister Lesjongard underscored that the
Covid-19 has caused a world-wide slowdown of several important economic
activities in various sectors including tourism which has worsened with the
closure of frontiers. However, he reassured that the Government along with key
stakeholders are working together to curb these impacts on the tourism sector
which generates around 120 000 direct and indirect employment.
As for Minister Jagutpal, he highlighted that the
gradual resumption of activities in the public health sector has led to a significant
increase in the number of patients in hospitals, dispensaries, Area Health
Centres and Medi-clinics. Since 15 May 2020, he observed, some 16 500 patients
were registered in casualties and 25 000 in dispensaries. Moreover, during the
same period, 2 500 admissions have been recorded in hospitals and 550
operations were carried out.
The Minister made an appeal to all persons suffering
from high fever to get screened at the different Covid-19 testing centres which
are operational since one week in four hospitals across Mauritius. He recalled
that an appointment-based system has been put in place in the hospitals to
avoid overcrowding and cases requiring urgent care are being attended in a
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