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Mauritians approve of government’s COVID-19 response but are concerned about possible corruption, new Afrobarometer study shows

23 Feb 2021 Mauritius

A large majority of Mauritians commend the government’s handling of the response to the COVID-19 but about half also believe that resources allocated to the pandemic response were last or stolen, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.

Most Mauritians approve of the government’s response, even though they found it difficult to comply with lockdown and curfew restrictions. Despite this, they believe the measures – including school closures – were necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19.

A quarter of all Mauritians say a household member lost a source of income during the pandemic, and slightly more report that they received government assistance.

Mauritians are concerned about the government corruption that may have occurred during the pandemic response and they are also worried that politicians will use the pandemic for political gain.

Almost three out of four Mauritians say they are likely to try to get vaccinated against COVID-19.