Coronavirus: Mauritius closes borders to all foreign nationals

The prime minister of Mauritius confirmed on Wednesday that three people tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.

Umbrellas with the Mauritian flag colours at the Port Louis Waterfront in Mauritius. Picture: Refilwe Pitjeng/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mauritius has closed its borders to all foreign nationals, including South Africans as it tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth confirmed on Tuesday that three people tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.

Italy continues to deal with the pandemic as numbers in that country increase. It's been announced that 475 people died in one day, bringing the total to almost 3,000.

With two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy, local businesses have been condemned for excessive actions against Chinese residents and visitors.

Unauthorised bans have been placed on restaurant diners, while a music school in Rome has advised east Asian students to stay away following reported cases of racism.

Thousands of cruise ship passengers also faced lengthy delays after being ordered not to disembark at a port near Rome.

With four regional governours urging children returning from China not to go back to school, national politicians have now reprimanded people for over-reacting to the virus.

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