On March 18 , a Wednesday, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced that three people in Mauritius had contracted Covid-19. Two cases were from a cruise ship and one was a person who had flown in from the United Kingdom. Grimly, the prime minister told the country: “We are in a state of emergency.”
Exactly eight weeks later — on 13 May, another Wednesday — Jugnauth’s administration made a very different announcement. After a total of 332 cases and 10 deaths, Mauritius was now Covid-19 free.
Lessons for others
There are several factors unique to Mauritius that made it easier to contain the virus, Caussy says. A big one is its geography: islands can shut their border in a way that mainland countries just cannot. Mauritius also has a small, highly-literate and largely co-operative population. It helps too that the country has a history of good governance.
Similar circumstances to us here in beautiful ‘little’ NZ
Lets work, build and create together
Let a ‘dose/touch’ of positivity be contagious…and go viral
“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
Best wishes from the First City to see the sun (in summer) …and we’re also the first to see the sunset and the stars (in winter-time)