COVID-19 pandemic in Seychelles

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Seychelles in March 2020.[2] No cases have been reported in Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island and Outer Islands.[3]

COVID-19 pandemic in Seychelles
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSeychelles
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index casePerseverance Island
Arrival date11 March 2020
(2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases11[1]
Recovered11
Deaths
0

BackgroundEdit

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.[4][5]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[6][7] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[8][6]

TimelineEdit

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.[9]

On 15 March, a third case arriving from the Netherlands was confirmed.[10]

As of 16 March, there are four confirmed cases. The new case also arriving from Netherlands.[11]

April 2020Edit

On 6 April, there are 11 confirmed cases, and two patients have been released.[12]

ResponsesEdit

TransportationEdit

On 9 March 2020, Seychelles ahead of the planned arrival of the Norwegian Spirit announced a temporary closing for cruise ships.[13]

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.[13]

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.[14]

Restrictions liftedEdit

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 reopens.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "President announces gradual lifting of measures and restrictions". Government of Seychelles. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Paradise Seychelles is Covid-19 free". TravelDailyNews International. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Seychelles records first cases of COVID-19". Department of Health - Seychelles. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  4. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Bonnelame, Betyme (16 March 2020). "Seychelles and COVID-19: Olympic athletes return home; 3rd case confirmed". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Address by President Danny Faure on the COVID-19 situation, April 6, 2020". www.nation.sc (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Bonnelame, Betyme (8 April 2020). "After new COVID case, Seychelles shuts down non-essential services". Seychelles News Agency. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  15. ^ "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.