News from the second week of September at a glance

Expat news
Published on 2021-09-10 at 07:07 by Liza Bonne
This week in Mauritius: the government is preparing for the FATF visit to review the inclusion of Mauritius on the FATF gray list and the EU black list, Navin Ramgoolam, former prime minister positive for COVID-19, COVID -19: New records, back to school scheduled for September 18?

FATF gray list: Official visit next week

Officers from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will be on Mauritian soil from September 13 to 15 to review amendments to laws surrounding the financial sector in Mauritius. Last year, the Mauritian authorities initiated procedures to extract the Mauritian jurisdiction from the gray list of the FATF. Since October last year, Mauritius has been on the FATF gray list as well as the European Union's blacklist of destinations that promote money laundering and tax evasion.

Navin Ramgoolam, former prime minister positive for COVID-19

Navin Ramgoolam, former Prime Minister of Mauritius, has tested positive for COVID-19. The 74-year-old was first admitted to the Wellkin Clinic and then sent to India for treatment as his health deteriorated. He traveled to India on Wednesday 8 September in a SpiceJet company ambulance.

COVID-19 surge in Mauritius

Over the last two weeks, there have been a surge of COVID-19 cases in Mauritius with the highest in date being on the 25th of  August when the cases reached an all-time high of 402 cases. Experts are blaming the decreasing efficiency of the vaccines for the sudden surge in cases but the authorities are also pointing out low compliance with sanitary measures.

Back to school

Public schools will be fully operational from the 18th of September, minister of Education Leela Devi Dookun announced on the 7th of September. While schools will resume on the 13th, during the first week, students will be allowed into schools on a roster basis. On the 18th, however, all students will be allowed into schools at the same time.