Post COV-19 Mauritius
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic turmoil, reached Mauritius in March 2020. On the 19th March 2020, the Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced that the country would be under “sanitary” lockdown for two weeks as from 6:00am on the 20th March 2020, which was subsequently extended to the 1st June 2020
In assessing the nature of the Government response in managing the crisis, we considered amongst others the following :
- Case reviews from China and Europe indicate that Covid – 19 victims with Type 2 diabetes have mortality rates of 2 to 3 times, that of healthy victims;
- Approximately 25% of Mauritius’ adult population is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and a similar number are diagnosed in a Pre-diabetes phase, that is nearly 50% of the adult population being more vulnerable. The comparable number is 5% in the United Kingdom, and 10% in the USA;
- Population density seems to play a significant role in the speed at which the virus is able to spread in the absence of social distancing rules. Mauritius has the 19th highest population density in the world when compared on a country to country basis https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/countries-by-density/;
- Mauritius’ high population density, closed sea borders, good primary healthcare infrastructure and single airport access (let’s call these Mauritius’ island characteristics) also gave it an advantage in that it is relatively easy to manage the spread of the virus through effective lock downs. It should also be noted that Mauritius declared Covid – 19 free, as of the 11th May 2020.