Mauritius enters lockdown after 15 Covid cases identified

Mauritius has implemented a two-week lockdown after 15 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.

The Indian Ocean island nation will be under the restrictions until March 25, with visitors currently in the country asked to stay within their accommodation as it’s 1.4 million citizens remain at home.

International and domestic inbound and outbound passenger flights have been suspended until the same date. Cargo flights will continue.

The government of the Republic of Mauritius said public health officials have already implemented track and trace protocols and have successfully located and isolated those that may have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Nilen Vencadasmy, chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, said: “Mauritius’ number one priority is to keep our country safe and secure for all.

“Although just 15 cases of Covid-19 have been detected across the whole island, we have decided to implement the nationwide lockdown to make sure that there is no risk of it spreading further. These public health measures, whilst precautionary, are applicable to everyone and all visitors to Mauritius must follow the rules.

“Mauritius is looking forward to welcoming visitors back later in 2021 in the knowledge that we are a safe and secure destination.”

Mauritius started its Covid-19 vaccination programme in January 2021 and is offering vaccines to international visitors who hold the Premium Visa.

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