Mauritius records zero active Covid-19 case in two weeks – Health Ministry

President of Mauritius, Prithvirajsing Roopun in an undated photo./Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation

Mauritius has become coronavirus-free with no active case for 15 days, the country’s ministry of health said.

The Indian Ocean island nation recorded 332 coronavirus cases, 322 recoveries and 10 deaths, according to the data from US-based John Hopkins University.

In a communique, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said on Monday that 73,572 COVID-19 tests have been carried out, including 50,077 Rapid Antigen Tests and 23 495 PCR tests (polymerase chain reaction).

It added that all 220 recently repatriated citizens from abroad were still under quarantine, an AFP report said.

With a population of 1.2 million people, Mauritius is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs.

It has a well-developed healthcare system, with approximately 73% of the services provided by the public sector and the remaining catered by the private sector.

Through the public sector, the government provides free-of-charge primary, secondary and specialized medical care to all citizens, and primary healthcare to foreigners. Drugs are dispensed at the pharmacies of hospitals without any payment due.

The services offered by the private sector, however, are payable.

Mauritius becomes the second Africa country to have declared virus-free status after infection. Mauritania weeks ago reported full recoveries (6 recoveries and a death at the time), another infection was subsequently recorded.

As of May 12, 2020, Africa’s sole virus-free nation is Mauritius. Lesotho is the sole African country yet to record a case. Eritrea, Seychelles and Mauritania each have one active case pending according to tallies by John Hopkins University.

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