06 April 2020 – Lockdown announced for 21 days, commitment to contact tracing and isolation of people

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Guidance
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Tracing and quarantining contacts; Social and physical distancing measures; Domestic travel
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

Overview: MINISTRY OF HEALTH – Covid-19 (coronavirus disease) Prohibition orders and health and travel restrictions update
Lockdown announced, only employees of essential services to go to work, all shops except those that sell food items and groceries and pharmaceutical products will remain closed, restaurants and take-away food outlets closed.
• Tracing of all contacts starting from the close ones and admitting them in a quarantine facility where they will be monitored for 14 days.
• Isolation and active investigation of any contact who is showing COVID-19 symptoms or signs.
• Further movement restrictions of the public in general.
Full details here: http://www.health.gov.sc/index.php/2020/04/08/covid-19-coronavirus-disease-prohibition-orders-and-health-and-travel-restrictions-update/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: After reporting its first case on 14th March 2020, Seychelles registered its 11th case of COVID-19 on the 6th April 2020. This is the first case that, as yet, has no known link with another case or is not someone who has travelled in the last 14 days. Given that the person works at the airport, his occupation puts him in direct contact with people who may have travelled to places with active transmission. He may have therefore contracted it from a traveler. Given that he has moved in the community before and when he developed symptoms, it is likely that his contacts, especially close ones, may have been infected. The possibility of community transmission has increased.