Detection, tracking and control of sources of infection such as clusters and transmission routes, were central in preventing the further spread of COVID-19. Despite a quite efficient response to the present sanitary crisis, Mauritius still has to increase its capacity to respond to future health crises.
Mauritius and Seychelles, like other Small Island Developing States, are facing significant economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. A small economic base, a high degree of openness, and extreme dependence on the fiscal performance of developed countries in the global north have left these countries with limited options to withstand the current health and consequent socio-economic crisis. A sharp fall in tourism revenues and remittances for both countries is likely to result in a significant economic contraction in 2020; and, further, intensify their vulnerability to external shock.
The United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the governments of Mauritius and Seychelles, has launched a regional project to restore coral reefs in both countries.
Beyond a public health crisis, Mauritius, like other Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) that heavily rely on tourism and imported goods, is facing the harsh impacts of the economic downturn triggered by COVID-19. Mauritius depends on imported fossil fuels to power its economy.
According to the Report’s accompanying Human Development Index (HDI), Africa has experienced one of the most significant improvements in human development. Between 1990 and 2018 life expectancy increased by more than 11 years. For the first time this year, an African country – Seychelles – has moved into the very high human development group. Others are rising in the ranks as well. Four countries – Botswana, Gabon, Mauritius and South Africa – are now in the high human development group.
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