2020 coronavirus pandemic in Seychelles

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Seychelles in March 2020. No cases have been reported in Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island and Outer Islands.

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Seychelles
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index casePerseverance Island
Arrival date11 March 2020
(3 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases11[1]


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]


March 2020Edit

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 2020Edit

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



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

Travel restrictionsEdit

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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 1,339,970 Cases and 74,410 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info. Retrieved 6 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. ^ a b "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. ^ http://www.nation.sc/articles/4195/address-by-president-danny-faure-on-the-covid-19-situation-april-6-2020-. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ a b 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.