The Attorney General and Minister of
Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Maneesh
Gobin made this statement during his
intervention on the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine
Bill this evening, in the National Assembly in Port Louis.
on the various actions taken by the Government at the right time to prevent the
propagation of the virus since the first three cases of Covid-19 were detected
in Mauritius. He emphasised that after the first COVID-19 related death, Government
has immediately imposed the confinement and curfew order to limit the spread of
the virus in the interest of one and all.
In addition, 231 tonnes of equipment were imported,
500 000 tablets of Hydroxychloroquine
were received from India and the Centre of Disease Control of the African Union
in Addis Ababa has donated two million masks as well as personal protective
equipment such as goggles and gloves for the healthcare personnel, he recalled.
pointed out that the hotline 8924 has been put in place, flu clinics were set
up in all hopitals, the population is updated everyday on the COVID-19 situation
and mass testing is being carried out. Besides,
he stated that Rapid Antigen Tests are being carried out on frontliners on a
All these measures,
he underlined, prove that we are “Standing as one people and one nation”. He
recalled, amongst others, the distribution of basic foodstuffs to 45 000 vulnerable
families as well as the Wage Assistance Scheme put in place to cater for 243
000 employees and other measures implemented to alleviate the population from
the burden of the COVID-19 situation. Mauritius, he said has also been cited as
example in containing the virus in the international press.
The Attorney General also reassured the population on
the various queries as to the provisions in the two legislations, namely the
COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine Bill and brought several
clarifications on the various laws.
He lauded Mauritians for being cooperative during the
confinement and for still collaborating with regard to the directives of the
Ministry of Health and Wellness in the higher interest of the country. Government
will live up to its duty in protecting citizens, he added.
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