A 59 year-old Seychellois taxi driver is in the intensive care unit at the isolation treatment centre after testing positive for COVID-19. He was first admitted to the Seychelles Hospital with severe illness.
A member of the man’s immediate family, with symptoms, has been admitted and is being investigated for COVID-19.
Health workers are tracing, quarantining, and testing the family’s recent contacts and will provide more information in a press conference.
The Ministry of Health re-emphasizes the need for everyone without exception to follow all the public health measures in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
The following measures will be reinforced in health facilities:
• No visitor will be allowed to ICU
• Only one visitor per patient will be allowed to the hospital
• Strictly no child allowed for visits on the wards
• Mandatory wearing of masks in all health facilities
In the community:
• Practise physical distancing of more than 1 metre
• Limit physical contact and sharing objects
• Wear a mask in public places and where physical distancing cannot be maintained
• Practise hand hygiene regularly
• Avoid gatherings and crowds
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. 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.