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02 May 2020 | 05:26 AM UTC

Mauritius: Government extends nationwide curfew until June 1 /update 5

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Authorities extend nationwide curfew in Mauritius until June 1; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/2/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Indian/Mauritius). COUNTRY/REGION Mauritius

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Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth announced the extension of the ongoing nationwide curfew until Monday, June 1, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Under the current curfew orders, individuals can only leave their homes after 20:00 (local time) with a permit. Additionally, the prime minister announced that, as of Friday, May 15, certain businesses such as hardware stores, fish markets, and bakeries will be allowed to reopen as lockdown measures are gradually relaxed to reopen the economy. Businesses willing to reopen from May 15 must apply online for a government permit which will be issued by the police. Until May 15, only essential services, such as police, hospitals, pharmacies, and banks will remain open. Schools will also remain closed until August 1.

Meanwhile, all individuals, including Mauritian nationals, have been prohibited from entering the country through Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) from Thursday, March 19. All cruise ships have similarly been denied access to the country's port. 

As of May 1, there are 332 confirmed COVID-19 cases and ten associated fatalities in the country. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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