Weekly Island Round-Up - 08 Mar 2021

mauritius news in march 2021

Here are 3 things happening in Mauritius this week!

1) Around 10 local cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Mauritius. Borders and schools are closed until at least 15th March

Over the weekend, Mauritius have recorded 10 local cases of Covid-19. Schools have closed and no inbound flights are allowed in until 15th March at the earliest

A factory worker at a fruit and veg importing company is said to have caught the virus by handling refrigerated goods, although this remains unconfirmed.

2) Chinese shipping vessel with 130 tons of fuel on board, has run aground near Port Louis. All crew have been evacuated, there are reports of an “oil presence in the sea”

A Chinese shipping vessel has run aground in Point Aux Sables near Port Louis over the weekend. The vessel issued a distress signal, and all 16 members of crew were evacuated. The vessel was also carrying 130 tons of fuel on board, and a oil presence has been detected in the sea around the area, but its source remains uncertain.

Meanwhile, the Wakashio, which ran aground in the South of the island in August 2020 and remained lodged on the reef after spilling mass amounts of oil into the ocean, is slowly beginning to be dismantled.

3) Mauritius celebrates International Women’s Day by dedicating stories to Mauritian women who #ChooseToChallenge

To read more on the initiatives being taken as part of