Two positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Saturday 14th March 2020 following tests conducted on two individuals in the quarantine facilities in Perseverance.
The two Seychellois individuals, a couple in their sixties travelled from Italy and arrived in Seychelles in the early hours of Wednesday 11th March on the Emirate EK705 flight.
Upon arrival in Seychelles, the couple were transferred to the quarantine facility in Perseverance where they were monitored daily by health professionals. It was on one of the rounds, on Saturday 14th March that one of the individuals expressed that she was not feeling well and was having mild cough.
The decision was taken to test both individuals as they were quarantined in the same quarters separate from othersat the facility. It was also later confirmed that the couple had been in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID19 in Italy.
Members of the public are reassured that public health officials have begun contact tracing, the process of identification of all persons who may have come into contact with an infected person and, to continue to follow the guidelines advocated by the Department of Health. That is, to avoid crowded places, observe good personal hygiene, practice frequent hand washing with soap, cover mouth a nose with a dab when coughing and sneezing and others.
Avoid going to public places if you are not well and have fever with respiratory symptoms.
Additionally, all passengers and crew of the flight are advised that they will be contacted by a health official soon.
The couple have been transferred to the Isolation Unit at the Anse Royale Hospital for treatment and care. They are stable.
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.