Trou aux Biches and several villages on the northern coast are reportedly on high alert amid concerns of soaring COVID-19 cases in the region.
The Trou aux Biches testing site was reportedly busy on Saturday after locals rushed to get swabbed in the wake of two positive cases for COVID-19 detected on Friday, July 16. Three additional positive cases were reportedly recorded on Saturday July 17, bringing the total to five.
Residents fear the popular tourist destination could become a hotspot for the coronavirus if cases are detected at the same trend.
Not only do they live close to the community centre located in the heart of the busy village, but one of them is said to be a trader. He was been “moving around and has been in contact with the public.”
“We have invited everyone in the region for PCR tests,” Jacky Alexandre, the president of the village council was cited as telling Defi Media.
Ootam Callichurn, representative of the village at the Pamplemousses District Council, said a contact tracing exercise has also been activated.
So far, some 298 inhabitants out of 2,000 villagers have reportedly been tested.
However, Callichurn said tension is high: “Trou-aux-Biches is a small village, where the inhabitants live together. (…) Fortunately, we have a lot of people who have had their anti-COVID-19 vaccines.”