The coronavirus pandemic has decelerated for the second week in a row around the world, mainly in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. All over ? No… In proportion to its population, the country with the most cases in the second week of May remains, by far, the Seychelles with 2,858 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. A figure that places the island far ahead of the Maldives, which records 1,374 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
A particularly surprising finding when we know that the Seychelles have yet completely vaccinated more than 61% of their population, with Sinopharm and AstraZeneca / Oxford doses.
33% of cases were fully vaccinated
According to the Seychellois Minister of Health, 33% of the identified patients had been fully vaccinated, reports CNN. Also according to the media outlet, experts and local officials say that the return of the epidemic is not a sign that the vaccines are not working. They point out, however, that a high level of vaccination should not encourage lowering of the guard.
This guard, the country may have lowered a little too much a month ago when, entrusting their management of the Covid-19, the Seychelles abandoned a good number of restrictions. With a tourism sector directly or indirectly generating around 72% of the GDP and employing over 30% of the population, the island has notably reopened its borders to almost all international travelers. Anyone with a negative PCR test could enter the country without quarantine.
Still no restrictive measures for tourists
At that time, the country had fewer than 3,800 cases and 16 deaths. Since then, the total number of cases has more than doubled to 9,184 cases and 32 deaths, according to figures from the Seychelles health ministry released at a press conference on Thursday. However, with the exception of people from South Africa, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Seychelles authorities still allow all travelers for business or tourism to travel to the Seychelles and move around freely. .
Despite this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “strongly” advises the French on its site to travel to the Seychelles “given the current health context, with a sharply rising incidence rate and limited medical capacity”.