Information about COVID-19 in Mauritius
Other Covid-19 Information
No. of people in quarantine: 979 (announced 09 Apr)
People tested: 6739 (announced 09 Apr)
Serious cases: 3
COVID-19 recoveries: 23 (annouced 09 Apr)
Official sources about COVID-19 Coronavirus in Mauritius
Important COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates
- 10 Apr 20 – Lockdown extended to 04 May 2020
- 02 Apr 20 – Reopening of Supermarkets and superettes
- 30 Mar 20 – Lockdown extended to 15 April 2020 @ 20:00
- 25 Mar 20 – 35,000 food packs will be given to the needy, a home delivery system is being established.
- 24 Mar 20 – Complete lockdown announced. All shops, supermarkets and bakeries will be closed until Tuesday 31 March 2020
- 23 Mar 20 – Curfew announced. People found outside of their homes will be fined an amount not exceeding Rs.500 and imprisonment not exceeding 6 months. Only those with work permits are allowed to move around.
News updates about COVID-19 Coronavirus in Mauritius
What is the Coronavirus COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that originated from China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are part of a big family of viruses that can cause diseases in both humans and animals.
In humans, coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections, other serious illnesses and also death in severe cases.
Practical Information about Covid-19 in Mauritius
Below are some practical information for the Mauritian population (by Dr. Sameer Edun)
Part of text below was translated from creole. For the original post, follow the link below the content.
Boost your immune system
- Increase your body power to fight the virus by eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrient to increase the defence mechanism. For those who hate fruits and vegetables or because of any other reason (financial) can’t afford it, try getting vitamin C supplements. Easiest and cheapest way is having lemon. In water as a juice or on your food. Give your parents who are more concerned for you than themselves. Donate some to the poor who can’t afford or squeeze them for those who are handicapped. Coronavirus affects people with low immune systems very easily.
Note: Lemon lowers blood pressure. If you have low blood pressure do not drink too much to avoid complications.
- The virus is not airborne, which means it is not transported in the air. It spreads mainly by touching or close contact with an infected person. So cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing. Change your ways of greeting people by handshake or kissing. It won’t be considered rude, you’re protecting both parties. Wash your hands with soap regularly for atleast 20 secs. Do not use shampoo or kitchen detergents. Kitchen soap is to degrease ustensils and shampoo is for hair. If you don’t have soap and are out of your home, use hand sanitiser and keep rubbing your hands till dry. Avoid touching your T zone, that is your mouth, nose and eyes. These are areas where the virus can easily get into the body.
- Chances the virus spreads faster increase where there are crowds. Everyone has met different people and come from different regions. You don’t know who is and who is not infected. This is why you’ve been told to stay home. Don’t go outside, don’t go visit family, avoid supermarkets, etc. If you are missing anything at home, go to the corner street shop and get what you need for the next 3-4 days. I would ask the youngsters to not be lazy and do the errands for your parents who are more at risk. Young people have better resistance to the virus.
- use a mask not only to protect yourself but to protect your friends, family, close ones or even the Mauritian population. If you are going out and see people wearing masks, do not be afraid or stressed. The ones wearing masks are intelligent, they are taking precautions, you need to do the same.
Seek medical help
- When you have fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you need to see a doctor or go to the hospital, do not bring your whole family. If you can go alone it’s better, else bring only one adult with you. Always protect yourself and the hospital staff by wearing a mask when entering the hospital. The medical staff left their family at home to take care of you. They are also stressed, be responsible.
- A lot of people do not understand what is happening. Explain it to them, share this text or read it to them. Everything is explained clearly. Share with people who are not online or do not have access to information.