GIS - 26 March, 2020: The number of people infected by the Covid-19 has soared to 81, a significant rise from yesterday’s 48 cases, announced the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at a press conference, tonight, at the Treasury Building, in Port Louis.
Prime Minister Jugnauth lauded those who are respecting the confinement and curfew order but was very critical towards those who are defying the laws enforced so as to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. So as to ensure the safety of one and all and minimise the risk of spreading the Covid-19, he appealed to citizens to adhere to the national confinement.
He reassured the population that the Government is taking all necessary actions to ensure the safety of all citizens and that as at date there is no shortage of medication to treat the Covid-19 patients. The Prime Minister also informed that yesterday, 20 000 test kits, masks and protective equipment were received, adding that 10 000 additional test kits will be delivered on Saturday 28 March 2020.
The Prime Minister further added that Rodrigues and Agalega have been isolated to protect these islands from the novel coronavirus, and recalled that there are no cases of Covid-19 in Rodrigues.
With regard to the distribution of basic food commodities which has been put in place to cater to the needs of the vulnerable groups of the society, he pointed out that distributions are being done since this morning notably to: some 20 shelters under the aegis of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, and 66 Homes registered with the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity.
The Prime Minister also elaborated on two other key measures to help alleviate those facing difficulties, namely: provision of a home delivery service; and, creation of Covid-19 Solidarity Fund. The home delivery service which will start as from tomorrow, he stated, has been worked out by Government, jointly with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), to cater to the needs of those citizens who are facing scarcity in terms of acquiring basic food supplies.
Speaking about main role of the Mauritius Police Force in this situation, Mr Jugnauth pointed out that they are here to help the population and called upon law enforcement officers to remain firm, ensuring nonetheless that there is no abuse. He further indicated that concerning a reported case of police brutality, an investigation is under way and sanctions will be imposed if any abuse or law infringement is detected.
For his part, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Jagutpal, highlighted that the majority of the cases have been detected through contact tracing and added that daily some 120 tests are being carried. He further recalled that till now about 1180 persons are quarantined, and 10 persons are in isolation.
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