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Seychelles is observing a decrease in COVID-19 cases; Restrictive measures will be reevaluated

Seychelles continues to see a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, the health authority attributes this downward trend to the restriction measures put in place to reduce community transmissions.

Restriction measures will stay in place, said the Public Health Commissioner in order to maintain this positive trend.

“All measures have been extended to 31st May except for classes writing international exams and these are S4 (Secondary) and S5 students sitting for IGCSE exams and second-year students doing their A levels,” said Gedeon.

He added that the health authorities will assess the measures by the end of next week to see if schools may begin in late May or early June.

The small island nation of just under 100,000 people currently has 1,560 active cases of COVID-19 and has recorded 38 deaths.  

Since May 4, stores, restaurants, and casinos have been ordered to close earlier, and commemorative gatherings, shows, group sporting activities, and conferences have been prohibited. Work from home is encouraged for non-essential employees, and there is a 11 p.m. curfew in place.

Gedeon further stated that the number of persons who were vaccinated would be checked to provide a more accurate picture, as many were GOP holders whom have left the country.

According to the most recent numbers, 70,126 individuals have gotten their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, covering 100% of the 70,000 target population.  The overall number of people who have received  both doses stands at 62,035 individuals, or 89 percent of the target.

In addition to the Sinopharm and Covishield, Seychelles has started utilizing the Russian-made Sputnik V  COVID-19 vaccine.

Ferry travel between islands for non-essential purposes is likewise discouraged by the health authority.

Dr.Gedeon stated that “It is now the southeast monsoon and the sea is rough and there have been instances when it has been difficult for people to keep their masks on and maintain proper distancing and when traveling by boat,”.

Jim Libanotis

Freelance Writer for The Seychelles Times email : libanotis@theseychellestimes.com

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