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Infections hit new peak, deaths soar as Delta variant ravages Mauritius

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COVID-19 is back and it’s a killer.

The death toll from the Delta variant of coronavirus rose to 42 in the past week as the virulent variant drives coronavirus caseloads higher by the day.

Coronavirus infections jumped to a new single-day high of over 131 on Sunday, out of which 13 people were admitted at the ENT Hospital after showing serious medical conditions.

The situation is further fueling fears that the ongoing virus wave could overwhelm Mauritius’s healthcare system.

The COVID-19 pandemic has directly caused the death of 197 people since 05 March 2021 and 42 people have died last week, out of which 14 were less than 60 years, 28 more than 60 years, 20 were not vaccinated, 22 vaccinated, six did not have any comorbidities, and 36 had comorbidities.

The seven-day average death toll has reached about 6 a day. In total, 354 COVID-positive people have reportedly died

Mauritius has been making frantic efforts to curb the virus’ spread, with the police having imposed stricter restrictions.

Almost 3,000 people were fined for not wearing their face masks properly.

However, experts believe the highly transmissible Delta variant could spread further in the community in the days to come.

With the deteriorating health situation, questions are raising on whether to maintain face-to-face classes in educational institutions.

The death of two teachers has triggered anxiety among trade unions and parents – which has translated in a high absenteeism rate last week.

Le Mauricien newspaper reported that the High-Level Committee on COVID-19 is investigating the possibility of closing schools in the coming days.

The leaders of the opposition parties are scheduled to meet this afternoon over the country’s “dangerously worsening health situation.”

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