The Public Health Authority in collaboration with its partners is issuing the following revisions to the previously issued travel advisory dated 30th January 2020. This comes after further discussion with its partners during the day.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, in China is ongoing and cases continue to be
registered, even outside Hubei and China in spite of control measures put in place.
Not enough is known about the novel coronavirus to draw definitive conclusions about the full clinical features of the
disease, the intensity of the human-to-human transmission, and the original source of the outbreak. Chinese authorities are progressively imposing quarantines and restricting travel throughout the country.
In Seychelles, an outbreak response plan was initiated based on existing guidelines and specialised areas for response during a public health emergency. These are Coordination, Surveillance /Laboratory, Case Management and Infection Prevention and control, Risk Communication and Social Mobilization, Control at Points of Entry (PoE) and Logistics and Supplies. Each of these areas have a leader and dedicated team working extensively to ensure effective coordination as the outbreak progresses internationally.
Some of the local measures established since the onset of the outbreak include:
All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.