The audit report: Where is the money going?

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The national audit report for 2018-2019 just came out this week containing its usual litany of government profligacy, waste and excess. So what stands out in this year’s report? 

Interview 

Dr Deoraj Caussy: “The probability of the coronavirus being here is high”
With growing panic at the global spread of the coronavirus and Mauritius being seemingly calm in contrast, Weekly speaks to Dr Deoraj Caussy, epidemiologist, on why this might be the case. He shares his concerns and suggests measures that might help mitigate the spread of the disease in the island.    

Health 

Artificial sweeteners: Sugar-free but at what cost?
Low-calorie and artificial sweeteners are widely used around the world in drinks and food as a way to cut down on sugar. Not only do they offer the taste of sweetness, but artificial sweeteners contain few or zero calories. However, just like all good things, there is a catch. Here’s what recent studies have to say about artificial sweeteners. 

Reader’s Corner 

Obsession with the election petitions by Vinod Boolell

There seems to be a real obsession by members of the government and backbenchers of the majority party in parliament with the electoral petitions filed by some candidates to challenge the validity of the last election in a number of constituencies or to ask for a scrutiny of ballot papers and a recount. 

Issues 

Covid-19 and outbound tourism: How the industry is struggling
The Mauritian government has announced restrictions on travel to and from multiple countries. So far, the attention has focused on how it’s affecting the number of tourists coming in. However, there’s the other end of the industry that is catering to Mauritians travelling abroad. 

What’s On 

Toilet paper rolls: Are people preparing or irrationally panicking?
We’re right in the middle of a serious outbreak and its impact is being felt right across the globe. Covid-19 has now been detected in almost 100 countries, infected more than 114,000 and killed around 4,000. So people in the hardest hit countries are stocking up on essentials like food, medicine and sanitisers. However, mass hysteria has broken out in certain countries over toilet rolls to the point that the authorities started rationing it.

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