Seychelles, the world’s most-vaccinated nation is facing a new surge of COVID-19, as the infections rose from 612 on April 28, to 1,068 on May 3.
The country which has fully vaccinated 60% of its adult population with two doses of the jab than any other country, has closed schools and canceled sporting activities for two weeks.
Other measures which include, bans on the intermingling of households and the early closure of bars have also been put in place because of the surge.
These curbs are similar to those last imposed at the end of 2020.
The nation’s health minister, Peggy Vidot, at a press conference said, “Despite all the exceptional efforts we are making, the Covid-19 situation in our country is critical right now, with many daily cases reported last week.”
The Indian Ocean archipelago, which is dependent on tourism, has a population of about 98,000.
The nation, however, acted quickly to begin vaccinations in January using a donation of Chinese vaccines from the United Arab Emirates. It has procured other vaccines since.
As of 12 April, 59% of the doses administered were Sinopharm vaccines and the rest were Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca Plc’s shot made under license in India.
Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker revealed that, to date, 62.2% of its population is fully vaccinated.
The next most-vaccinated country is Israel with 55.9%.