Latest on Covid-19 in Mauritius

1. Till the evening of May 11, Mauritius has recorded no new Covid-19 cases for 15 consecutive days. The total number of positive cases stands at 332. The number of successfully treated patients is 322 while ten deaths have been registered. Mauritius is the first country in Africa that has registered neither no active cases, nor new cases related to the virus. According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Mauritius, the first wave of the epidemic has passed and the epidemic has been basically contained. 220 passengers are still under quarantine.

2. The COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine Bill will be introduced into the National Assembly by Mauritian Prime Minister Jugnauth. Both Bills will include strict sanitary measures that will be enforced in public transport, schools, metro, offices, elevators, taxis, airports and other public places. Any person who refuses to answer or knowingly gives a misleading answer when questioned by a quarantine officer, will be committing an offence and may be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 500,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years. Violent resistance to law or deliberate destruction of the facilities of the quarantine center constitutes a crime. The police can search ships, planes or other locations without an arrest warrant and arrest those suspected of violating the Quarantine Bill. The quarantine officers have the right to force the suspected patient into the quarantine centers and approve the patient to be discharged according to the situation of the treatment. Mauritian citizens are obliged to provide quarantine officers with information on their activities and close contacts.

3. The Mauritian government has revised the "Public Health Law" and "Criminal Law" recently. Those who violate the curfew order will be fined Rs 200,000 and imprisoned for 5 years, and spitting in public will be fined Rs 5000 and 30 days in prison.

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