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Health experts warn against new wave of COVID-19

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Dr Vasantrao Gujadhur, former director of public health services, has reiterated warning that “it is necessary to closely monitor the progress of the Omicron variant in Mauritius”.

“The ministry could do between 500 and 1000 tests per day with weekly sequencing,” he told Defi Media, adding that appropriate decisions can be taken only when real data is available.

Otherwise, he warned, “in two weeks, in mid-January, we will be hit with a new wave of contaminations.”

He predicted a new epidemic outbreak triggered by popular gatherings in confined spaces.

Dr Gujadhur also warned those who believe the danger has become less because the Omicron variant is believed to cause less severe forms of the disease. “The Delta variant is still present in the community,” he told Defi Media.

The warning has been reiterated by the current Director Health Services, Dr Vijayesing Dinassing.

“The Omicron variant is quickly. We can expect an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in a few days, with a peak during the month of January,” he told Defi Media.

In Mauritius, no deaths of patients infected with Omicron have been registered.

“But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take precautions. The problem is that people are not respecting physical distancing. They don’t even wear the mask properly. The virus will progress if we do not stop these bad habits,” he was quoted as warning, urging people to do their “booster dose”.

Dr Dinassing has public hospitals are getting ready to cater for the upcoming wave. Around 15 out of 100 beds at the ENT hospital are currently occupied, while 662 beds are available in other public hospitals to accommodate and treat patients with COVID-19.

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