VICTORIA, 31 December 2020 – New, stricter restrictions have been put in place in Seychelles in an effort to stem the rapid rise in community spread of the new coronavirus.

The measures, in force until 11 January 2021, ban all public gatherings, orders all schools to shutdown, cancels all religious ceremonies except funerals.

Bars, nightclubs, discotheques, casinos, spas, gyms and cinemas will remain closed while employers have been encouraged to approve work-from-home arrangements for their employees.

Seychelles is ending 2020 with 44 active cases, half of them detected among foreigners (mostly tourists) who recently arrived Seychelles.

According to the data, infections among non-nationals rose by only two new cases – from 20 to 22 – whereas infections among Seychellois rose by 21, from the lone infection case detected in a Seychellois hitherto to 22.

Three children aged between three and 12 years are among those hwo have tested positive.

One foreigner is admitted in intensive care since Tuesday in critical condition.

Four Seychellois who have tested positive have been admitted to hospitals, with the others self-isolating.

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More than 100 people are in quarantine, including 24 healthcare workers.

Seychellois President Wavel Ramkalawan warned Tuesday in a televised address that the infections among healthcare workers puts “a lot of pressure on our health services.”

Health officials have suspended all non-emergency cases except for cancer patients, according to Dr. Louange, Seychellois Minister of Health.

With a population of 87,000 people, Seychelles has a GDP of about $850 million.

The economy is dependent on tourism, fishing and the processing of vanilla and coconuts.

The tourism sector earned hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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