As the first days of this New Year unfold, it is encouraging to note that Mauritius has restored its Covid-Safe status, except for a rapidly isolated local contamination case detected a few weeks back.
Thus, since 26 November 2020, no local contamination cases was registered. Furthermore, the strict quarantine protocol has allowed to effectively detect Covid-19 cases among incoming passengers. As at 04 January 2021, there were some 8 active cases in Mauritius, being treated at the dedicated hospital.
The Airport Health Laboratory, which became operational since 15 October 2020 has also been instrumental in the multi-layered detection mechanism deployed at the Mauritian borders. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mauritius has recorded some 531 cases. Thanks to the advanced detection and treatment procedures, the vast majority of Covid-19 patients were successfully cured.
Indeed, the new year has started with a surge of fresh hope with more than 60 potential vaccines being tested and some of them having already reached final testing stage.
It is further reassuring that many countries such as the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States of America have already endorsed vaccines and started vaccinating their populations. Presently in Mauritius, the authorities are working with international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation and others, towards securing the most suitable vaccines and preparing for vaccination of the local population.