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Covid-19: Mauritius bars entry to foreign passengers from Italy and Iran

Date: February 28, 2020
Domain:Health; Tourism


GIS - 28 February, 2020: Foreign passengers coming from or having stayed in Italy and Iran during the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Mauritius. As for Mauritians coming from these countries, they will be automatically placed in quarantine for a period of two weeks.


This preventive measure has been taken following a ministerial committee on the Covid-19, chaired by the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, today, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
In a statement to the media after the meeting, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailash Jagutpal, stressed that these measures are temporary and will be subjected to changes depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 on the international front.
He reiterated Government’s commitment to prevent the virus from reaching Mauritius through preventive and control measures that have been put in place adding that a preparedness plan has been conceived to tackle any potential cases.
The Health Minister reassured the population that no case of Coronavirus has been detected up to now in Mauritius.
Also present, the representative of the World Health Organization in Mauritius, Dr Laurent Musango, highlighted that Mauritius has put in place strict control at the airport and the port to contain the risks of the virus from reaching the country. He pointed out that Mauritius is the third African country to have the possibility of conducting tests related to the Covid-19.
He also spoke of the importance of analysing the situation from country to country while adding that there have been cases of Coronavirus in Sub-Saharan Africa namely in Algeria and Nigeria, hence the need to strengthen precautionary measures in Mauritius.
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