2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mauritius

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mauritius
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseQuatre Bornes
Arrival date7 March 2020
(1 month and 1 day ago)
Confirmed cases169
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The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Mauritius in March 2020. Since the first three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, the Mauritian authorities has been conducting 'Contact tracing', the people who have been in contact with the infected patients have been tested and advised to stay under isolation, including doctors, nurses, and police officers.[1]


  • On 18 March 2020, the Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth confirmed that there was three cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius.[2]
  • On 19 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the country will be under "sanitary" lock-down for two weeks as from 6:00 AM on 20 March 2020. During the lockdown, only the services (police, hospitals, dispensaries, private clinics, firefighters) and certain economic activities (shops, banks, supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies) will operate and minimum public transport service will operate.[3]
  • On 20 March 2020, the Government of Mauritius announced that a COVID 19 Work Access Permit would be granted by the Monitoring Committee – COVID 19 to employers in specific sectors. This would allow their employees to move to their workplace.[4]
  • On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the country will be under complete lock-down until the 31st of March 2020 with only essential services such as police, hospitals, dispensaries, private clinics, firefighters and banks being open. All other activities would be banned during the curfew period.[5]
  • On 25 March 2020, the finance minister announced distribution of 35,000 food packs to families in the social register and those in need.[6]


COVID-19 cases in Mauritius  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
# of cases
Sources: 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mauritius
  • The first patient was a 52-year-old man who held dual Belgian and Mauritian nationality. He returned to Mauritius from Belgium on 21 February 2020. He did not show any symptoms of the coronavirus upon his arrival. On 14 March 2020, he started to have fever and cough and was transferred to Victoria Hospital where the tests conducted on his lungs did not reveal anything suspicious. He did not show signs of fever anymore with a body temperature of 36.6 °C and did not show any respiratory issues. The patient had diabeties. On 16 March 2020, the test did not show that he was infected by the Coronavirus and he was put under isolation. On 17 March 2020, the second test was also negative, and on the same day, he started to have respiratory issues and died. The result of the third test showed that the patient was infected by the Coronavirus.[7][8]
  • The second patient was a 59-year-old man who had both British and Mauritian nationality. He came to attend the funeral of his brother in Mauritius on 7 March 2020 and had no symptoms upon his arrival. At first, he visited a private doctor without revealing his travel history. It was when he was not feeling well that he went to a private clinic and revealed that he came from abroad. His health deteriorated and he was transferred to Victoria Hospital (Candos). He was then transported to Souillac Hospital. Following tests carried out on him, which turned out to be positive, he was placed in isolation at Souillac Hospital.[9][1]
  • The third patient is a 21-year-old man who works on a cruise ship. He came to Mauritius on 14 March 2020 and was placed under quarantine. He was later placed in isolation at Souillac Hospital.[9]
  • The fourth patient is a 25-year-old man who works on a cruise ship. He came to Mauritius on 18 March 2020 and was placed under quarantine. He was later placed in isolation at Souillac Hospital.[9]
  • On 19 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that 4 news cases were confirmed.[3]
  • 5 new cases appeared in the country on 20 March 2020, raising the total number of cases to 12.[10] The 5 patients are the relatives of the second patient, they consist of three women aged 15-year-old, 40-year-old and 56-year-old and two men aged 52-year-old and 67-year-old.[11]
  • On 21 March 2020, the country reported its first death from coronavirus.The 52-year-old man died.[12] On the same day, the Ministry of Health confirm that the number of cases rose to 14 out of which 9 cases were related to the first patient. One of the confirmed case of that day was a tourist from France, he isolated himself for two days while he was not feeling well and was treated for respiratory infection in a clinic in the north of the island.[8][7][13]
  • On 22 March 2020, ten new cases was confirmed.[14] The second patient aged 59-year-old also died, it is estimated that he contaminated nine of his relatives and one doctor.[1][15] On the same day, four new cases was confirmed. The new cases confirmed on that day included four employees of a cruise ship, four were related to the second patient, one traveler from Mumbai who reached Mauritius on 21 March 2020 and one was a dentist.[16]
  • On 23 March 2020, eight new cases were confirmed.[17]
  • On 24 March 2020, 1 person was tested positive to the coronavirus with an allegedly unknown source of infection.
  • On 26 March 2020, cases of patients having visited supermarkets after lock-down were confirmed.[18]
  • On 27 March 2020, a huge spike of cases were reported, jumping from 48 to 81 cases in a single day. [1][19]

No cases have been reported in Rodrigues, Agaléga and St. Brandon.

Mauritian infected abroad

  • A Mauritian woman, who works in Seychelles, has tested positive for the Covid-19. According to reports, the woman contracted the virus through her spouse, who is a Ukrainian national. The couple work in a hotel. According to information communicated to the press by the Seychelles Commissioner for Public Health, the Ukrainian, who was on a trip, returned to Seychelles on 12 March 2020. It was then that he allegedly infected his spouse.[20]
Confirmed cases of Mauritian nationals abroad
Country/Region Confirmed cases
Seychelles Seychelles 1
Total 1


Closure of educational institutions

  • On 18 March, amidst a surge in fresh cases being confirmed in Mauritius, the Government of Mauritius announced that all schools and universities would be shut until further notice.

Travel and entry restrictions

  • On 18 March 2020, the Mauritian Prime Minister announced that all passengers, including Mauritians and foreigners, will be prohibited from entering Mauritian territory for the next 15 days, which started at 6:00 GMT (10:10 am Mauritian time). Passengers leaving Mauritius will be allowed to leave. Cargo airplane and ships will also be allowed to enter the country.[21] Some Mauritians who were stranded in different airports around the world were allowed to enter the Mauritian territory on 22 March 2020, they had to mandatorily spend 14 days in isolation at the different premises provided by the government.[22]

Economic impact

It is estimated that the shutdowns implemented to control the pandemic costs the Mauritian economy between Rs 1 billion and Rs 1.3 billion a day. Resulting in a total estimated cost of R15-20 billion or 4% of the country's GDP for the full 15 day lock-down announced by government on the 20 March.[23]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Covid-19 : Le patient zéro est la deuxième victime du coronavirus". ION NEWS (in French). 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ "[Breaking News] Trois cas positifs au Covid-19 à Maurice". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 18 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "[Breaking News] Covid-19 : Pravind Jugnauth annonce un confinement total". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 19 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Covid-19:les employés autorisés à se rendre au travail à condition d'avoir un COVID-19 Work Access Permit". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ "[Vidéo] Covid-19 : Lockdown renforcé, supermarchés et boulangeries fermés jusqu'au 31 mars". 24 March 2020.
  6. ^ "[Vidéo] Padayachy : 35 000 packs de vivres seront distribués aux démunis". 25 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Décès lié au coronavirus: le gouvernement confirme". L'Express (in French). 21 March 2020.
  8. ^ a b "[Vidéo] Covid-19 : Jagutpal confirme un premier décès et un cas d'infection sur un Français". ION NEWS (in French). 21 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Covid-19 : trois Mauriciens testés positifs ; "zot pe gayn tou tretman ki bizin", rassure le PM". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 19 March 2020.
  10. ^ "[Breaking News] Covid-19 : 12 cas à Maurice". Le Défi Media Group (in French). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Les 5 nouveaux cas liés au patient zéro Santaram Appa: voici leurs coordonnées". Vecret (in French). 20 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Mauritius says reports first death from coronavirus". Reuters. 21 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Covid-19- 2e jour de confinement : un premier décès à Maurice et ce qu'il faut retenir". Le Défi Media Group (in French). Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Covid-19 : quatre nouveaux cas enregistrés à Maurice". Le Défi Media Group (in French). Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Médecins et personnel soignant: au moins un cas de Covid-19 confirmé, deux autres suspectés". L'Express (in French). 23 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Covid-19 : 28 cas récensés au total, quatre nouveaux tests positifs sont tombés ce soir". ION NEWS (in French). 22 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Covid-19 : 36 cas confirmés à Maurice". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Covid-19 : Le nombre de cas positifs passe à 52".
  19. ^ ion (26 March 2020). "[Vidéo] Jugnauth : On est passé de 48 à 81 cas à Maurice en un jour". IONNEWS, Mauritius. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Covid-19 : deuxième décès à Maurice, 24 cas positifs enregistrés jusqu'ci". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 22 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Coronavirus : aucun passager ne sera autorisé sur le territoire mauricien à partir de ce jeudi". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 18 March 2020.
  22. ^ "L'aéroport de Plaisance : " quelque 300 Mauriciens venant de Londres et Mumbai ont été rapatriés ", indique Girish Appaya". Le Défi Media Group (in French). 22 March 2020.
  23. ^ Rédaction, La (21 March 2020). "Covid-19: un confinement national à Rs 1 milliard par jour". (in French). Retrieved 22 March 2020.
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