DECISIONS – 22 MAY 2020
1. Cabinet has taken note of the situation
pertaining to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures taken to contain the
pandemic and avoid any resurgence, namely –
as at 21 May 2020, out of
26,339 PCR tests carried out, 332 persons had been tested positive;
(b) as at 21 May 2020, 72,120 Rapid Antigen
tests for COVID-19 had been carried out; and
(c) four new COVID-19 Testing Centres are
operational, namely at J. Nehru Hospital, Dr A.G. Jeetoo Hospital, SSRN Hospital
and Victoria Hospital.
has taken note that the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security would lift
the temporary ban on importation of live animals and fish which was imposed in
March 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19, following the advice of the
World Organisation for Animal Health.
has taken note of the support measures that the Ministry of Land Transport and
Light Rail would implement through the National Land Transport Authority, for
holders of Public Service Vehicles Licence (Contract) in the prevailing
has taken note that the Minister of Tourism held dedicated meetings with
stakeholders of the tourism industry to take stock of the situation in the
prevailing confinement period as well as their proposals for the resumption of
tourism activities post COVID-19. A
common theme that emerged from the discussions held was the importance of the
destination moving towards a green tourism industry and adopting environmentally-friendly
and sustainable practices. All tourism
stakeholders shared the view that a new destination branding would be
imperative to maintain Mauritius as an attractive tourist destination.
has taken note of the stock position of drugs, medical disposables and
biomedical equipment available at the level of the Ministry of Health and
Wellness and of the arrangements being made for the procurement of these items
to ensure that there is adequate stock level at all times for the effective and
efficient delivery of treatment and care to all patients attending public
has taken note that the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation
has been granted the full licence to function as the National Award Operator
for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme for a further period
of six years ending 30 December 2025. Since the rebranding of the Award
Programme in 2012, all participating organisations have to be licensed by the
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to be able to run the Award
Programme. Mauritius was the first among the African countries to obtain a full
licence for period 2013 to 2019.
has taken note of the outcome of the recent participation of the Minister of
Health and Wellness in the 73rd World Health Assembly by video
conferencing. The main item of the
Agenda was a Resolution on “COVID-19 Response”. The Minister made a statement
at the Assembly, on the experience and status on COVID-19 in Mauritius and
highlighted the measures taken by the Government to stop the spread of the
disease. The Assembly elected ten new
members entitled to serve on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization
(WHO). The draft Resolution entitled “COVID-19
Response” prepared by the European Union was subjected to extensive
consultation and negotiations with Member States. It recalls the constitutional
mandate of WHO to act as the directing and coordinating authority on
international health work, and recognises its key leadership role within the
broader UN response and the importance of strengthened multilateral cooperation
in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its extensive negative impact.
has taken note of the reconstitution of the Central Water Board with Mr Geean Mahadeea as Chairperson.
has taken note of the constitution of the COVID-19 Projects Development
Committee with the Financial Secretary as Chairperson.