Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Major movement and travel restrictions set to continue in Mauritius through at least May 15 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Mauritius

This alert began 02 May 2020 10:11 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Movement and travel restrictions

Summary
Authorities have extended measures implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least May 15. Only essential businesses are open, and authorities allow only essential movement during this period. The 2000-0800 curfew remains in place. After May 15, a state of health emergency will remain through June 1, though some measures will be relaxed. Passenger flights remain suspended, though cargo flights are ongoing. Officials have banned cruise ships from disembarking in Mauritius. Other social distancing measures will remain in place through June 1; school closures will remain in place until August. Further announcements are possible in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in recent days in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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