Mauritius and COVID-19
No more COVID-19 in Mauritius!
Mauritius and COVID-19: Normal life returned on 15 June. All restrictions were lifted, with two exemptions: In public you still have to wear a face mask, although in practice this is handled quite relaxed.
All arriving passengers have to stay in strict quarantine for 14 days, in one of the specially approved quarantine hotels. In addition, passengers must present a PCR test not older than 5 days at check-in. The quarantine regulations have been extended to Jan 15, 2021.
The gradual opening of the border began on October 1, 2020. When and how the quarantine rules will be relaxed will be decided by the government after the course of the global pandemic.
Current information can be found here.
The beaches and nature parks are open, and all public facilities are freely accessible. Restaurants, cinemas, gyms, meeting places etc. are open again. There is no more social distancing. Romance in twos and celebrations among friends are possible without restrictions – what a difference to most European countries!
Important points for emigrants
People who want to emigrate wonder how the government of their destination country behaved during the coronavirus crisis and what measures it took against COVID-19. After all, demonstrated behavior in the past allows conclusions to be drawn about probable behavior in the future in similar situations. When compared with other countries, Mauritius looks very good:
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Some states, which were considered popular emigration destinations in the German-speaking world, showed an unexpectedly unfriendly, sometimes even disturbing face. Draconian measures, preventing tourists from returning home, discrimination against foreigners, and the use of police violence turned quite a few countries previously considered peaceful and liberal into forced residences with sometimes very unpleasant living conditions, with sometimes great regional differences.
These countries include Italy, Spain, Morocco, Dubai, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador and others. If you don’t want to experience any unpleasant surprises in the future, it is better to avoid these countries.
There was also a lockdown in Mauritius, which ended on 31 May. There have been no new locally transmitted cases since April 26. A few new imported cases by returning Mauritians are in quarantine. Mauritius is CV-free. Currently there are only three international flights: To Paris, Dubai and Reunion Island. It is not yet known when the remaining international air traffic will resume. (Status: 3.11.2020)
The government of Mauritius has behaved exemplarily in the Corona crisis and provides numerous best practice examples that other countries can follow:
Measures by the Government of Mauritius against Covid-19
So far (as of November 2, 2020), 21.5 % of the total population has been tested (this puts Mauritius currently in 54th place in the world rankings), including mainly “frontliners” (medical personnel, police officers and employees in supermarkets, public transport, garbage collection, etc.).
The drug Hydroxychloroquine, which has been confirmed in many studies to be effective against COVID-19, is approved in Mauritius and is recommended by doctors and hospitals.
Practically demonstrating solidarity instead of calling for wealth tax, forced expropriation or equalization of burdens: The Prime Minister has created the ‘COVID-19 Solidarity Fund’. The politicians set a good example: All parliamentarians donate 10% of their salary to this fund for one year!
Financing of aid
Application of the polluter-pays principle instead of arbitrary redistribution: Only large and profitable companies that have taken advantage of state aid must pay 15% of their future profits into the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund. As a result of this de facto tax increase, their tax burden (corporate tax) rises from 15% to 30%. The remaining companies will not be charged.
In addition, an already existing solidarity levy on private income was increased: On income components (incl. dividends) exceeding MUR 3 million (approx. EUR 62,000) per year, a solidarity levy of 25% has been levied since July 1, 2020, but capped at 10% of total income (after deduction of one-time payments from pensions, life and accident insurance).
Use of national reserves
The Bank of Mauritius, which up to now has invested its reserves internationally, is now authorized to invest in the domestic economy by amending regulations.
Exercise of power
There was no use of force by the police in enforcing curfews and other restrictions, in contrast to many Latin American and Asian countries, which have thus disqualified themselves as potential emigration destinations.
Findings from the course of the pandemic so far
In general, during the crisis it became apparent that island states and areas that can be easily sealed off brought the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus under control much better and faster than countries with land borders to other states. This is not really surprising.
In possible future pandemics, in which the virus may not be as comparatively harmless as SARS-CoV-2, which has death rates and spread patterns more similar to those of a severe flu (confirmed for Germany by the ifo Institute on May 21), island states such as Mauritius are again likely to be among the safest areas.
Prevention of a severe course of COVID-19
Strengthening of the immune system
Many medical studies have now shown that the individual can protect himself well against a possible severe course of COVID-19 by a good immune system. The vitamin D status plays a prominent role in this. Vitamin D is produced by the skin when it is exposed to intense sunlight. Mauritius offers ideal conditions for this – both geographically (proximity to the tropics; no winter with too little sun) and climatically (many hours of sunshine)!
Drugs containing the active ingredient hydroxychloroquine have been shown to be effective in the clinical treatment of COVID-19 patients, especially when administered early after the first symptoms appear and in combination with certain other drugs.
More information on the treatment of COVID-19 can be found on the excellent website of Swiss Policy Research.