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Mauritius confirms two COVID-19 cases after 28 virus-free days

Mauritius has confirmed two COVID-19 cases 28 days after its last positive case of the virus.

The Island of Mauritius has become an epitome of how to curb the spread of a pandemic.

It was among the first countries in Africa to declare itself virus-free after going two weeks without a positive case, despite the high testing capacity.

Arrivals in quarantine

The new positive cases, however, were two family members who had recently travelled into the country. The two patients were under quarantine when they tested positive.

The news in no way puts a damper on the country’s brilliant move to stifle the spread of COVID-19.

Mauritius has one of the highest tests per population, which has significantly helped the country in planning its way around the virus.

The country has conducted 104,639 tests against its population of 1.2 million people.

Humane approach to lockdown

While, indeed, their relatively low population made implementing lockdown easier, their government approached the matter humanely. Furthermore, it is densely populated, which was a perfect breeding situation for the fast-spreading SARS-CoV-2.

Primer Minister, Pravind Jugnauth set up a ministerial coronavirus committee immediately the country confirmed its first three cases. Among the most challenging decisions for the committee was the nationwide lockdown.

Proper healthcare

But this was only part of the response. Mauritius has a robust healthcare system. During the COVID-19 crisis, some hotels became quarantine centers. Five COVID-19 testing centers were set up outside major hospitals.

Yet, again, this was barely the beginning. What has helped Mauritius thus far has been testing and testing and more testing.

The country has tested 8.7 % of its population. In comparison, for Kenya to hit that percentage, it will need to check over 4.5 million people.

War not over

Thus, even with the two new confirmed cases, the likelihood of the country suffering from a second wave remain relatively low on current evidence. The nationwide lockdown is still in place, a sign the government is not letting up any time soon.

A Pravind Jugnauth said, “We have won the battle…but we have not yet won the war.”

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