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COVID-19 pandemic in Seychelles

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COVID-19 pandemic in Seychelles
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSeychelles
First casePerseverance Island
Arrival date11 March 2020
(11 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
OriginWuhan, China
Confirmed cases11[1]
Recovered10
Deaths
0

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Seychelles in March 2020. No cases have been reported in Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island and Outer Islands.

Background[edit source | edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]

Timeline[edit source | edit]

March 2020[edit source | edit]

Seychelles reported its first two cases of COVID-19 on 14 March 2020. The two cases were people who were in contact with someone in Italy who tested positive.[7]

On 15 March, a third case arriving from the Netherlands was confirmed.[8]

As of 16 March, there are four confirmed cases. The new case also arriving from Netherlands.[9]

April 2020[edit source | edit]

On 6 April there are 11 confirmed cases and 2 patients have been released.[10]

May 2020[edit source | edit]

Responses[edit source | edit]

Transportation[edit source | edit]

On 9 March 2020, Seychelles ahead of the planned arrival of the Norwegian Spirit announced a temporary closing for cruise ships.[11]

Travel restrictions[edit source | edit]

On 9 March 2020, Seychelles banned any person from Seychelles from travelling to China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. An exception is made for returning residents.[11]

A 26-year-old man, working at Seychelles International Airport, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, April 6, bringing the country's total number of infections to 11, Following the detection of this infection, a travel ban order came into effect at midnight on Wednesday April 8 in Seychelles, except for essential service workers. This measure will be maintained for 21 days.[12]

Restrictions lifted[edit source | edit]

On 28 April 2020, President Danny Faure announced a lifting of restrictions. All restrictions on the movement of people will be lifted on 4 May. All shop will be allowed to open until 20:00 from 4 May. The first schools will reopen on 11 May and on 18 May all schools will reopen. Travel restrictions will end on 1 June when the airport reopen.[13]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "President announces gradual lifting of measures and restrictions". Government of Seychelles. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  5. "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. Bonnelame, Betyme (14 March 2020). "2 Seychellois test positive for COVID-19 as globe-sweeping virus reaches island nation". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. Bonnelame, Betyme (16 March 2020). "Seychelles and COVID-19: Olympic athletes return home; 3rd case confirmed". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. Bonnelame, Betyme; Karapetyan, Salifa; Ernesta, Sharon; Laurence, Daniel (16 March 2020). "Seychelles and COVID-19: Travel ban on Europeans; 4th case reported". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  10. "Address by President Danny Faure on the COVID-19 situation, April 6, 2020". www.nation.sc (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ernesta, Sharon (9 March 2020). "Seychelles closes cruise ship season amidst fears of COVID–19". Seychelles News Agency. Archived from the original on 10 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  12. Bonnelame, Betyme (8 April 2020). "After new COVID case, Seychelles shuts down non-essential services". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  13. "Seychelles and COVID-19: Movement restrictions to be lifted next week; schools, daycare to reopen later in May". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 29 April 2020.


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