Covid-19 has people worldwide panicking and panic buying, despite reassurances from governments that there are sufficient supplies of food, but fear is driving people to buy more than they need and causing artificial shortages. Mauritius seems to have caught the panic buying bug with long queues outside supermarkets everyday despite the country being under a confinement order and now a nationwide curfew.
Shortly after it was discovered that there were cases of Covid-19 in Mauritius, the government imposed a lockdown on all but essential service personnel. Where possible people must work from home, and are only allowed to leave their house to go to work (essential services), or to the supermarket, pharmacy, bank or seek medical treatment. As many Mauritians were being irresponsible and defying the lockdown order, the government further imposed a curfew which gave the police powers to arrest and fine those found outside without good reason.
While some may be feeling aggrieved by these measures, they have been imposed for the safety of the population. As medical professionals have explained, in order to combat this virus we must not give it the opportunity to circulate, and it is via people that it travels, not by air. This means staying home as much as possible and observing strict hygiene rules. Even if you feel well, you could be carrying the virus and pass it on to someone who could get severely sick or even die, so stay home and practice social distancing so we can put an end to this pandemic sooner rather than later.