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Covid-19 : Some 8% of population screened as Mauritius hits 100 000 tests

Date: May 22, 2020
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

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 timely manner.

  #ResOu​Lakaz     #BeSafeMoris​​

 Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email:  Website:  Mobile App: Search Gov​


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