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African Island That Stamped Out the Virus Now Needs Tourists

The Muslim Times

  • Indian Ocean island hasn’t had a case for over three months
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    Economy is set to contract by a record 13% this year
People wait to enter to a supermarket in Port Louis, Mauritius, on April 2.
People wait to enter to a supermarket in Port Louis, Mauritius, on April 2. Photographer: Doreck Clair/L’Express Maurice/AFP via Getty Images

Mauritius was the first African country to get the coronavirus under control. Now its challenge is how to let the tourists that are its economic lifeblood back in.

The Indian Ocean island’s success in quelling the outbreak is unique in Africa and comes as the disease is spreading across the continent, with countries from Kenya to South Africa battling a surge in cases since movement restrictions were eased. Mauritius is one of the few places in the world that hasn’t had a locally transmitted infection in over three months. It recorded its last Covid-19 death on April 27 and…

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