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Mauritius officially becomes coronavirus free

Mauritius has become coronavirus-free with no active case for 15 days, the country’s ministry of health has said.

The Indian Ocean island nation recorded 332 coronavirus cases, 322 recoveries, and 10 deaths. While all 220 recently repatriated citizens from abroad were still under quarantine.

In Africa, Mauritius becomes the first country on the continent to become virus free, while Lesotho is the only country on the continent not to have recorded a case of COVID-19.

With a population of 1.2 million people, Mauritius is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs.

May 11 marked the fifteenth consecutive day that the no new case was recorded in the country. A lockdown however remains in place to contain possible spread of the virus.

Mauritius is the second Africa country to have declared virus-free status after infection. Mauritania weeks ago reported full recoveries (6 recoveries and a death at the time), another infection was subsequently recorded.

The coronavirus is an ongoing global pandemic which has infected over four million people across the globe, and killed over two hundred thousand.

The virus has touched every continent, with US being the worst hit. The North American country has recorded over 1.3 million cases alone.

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