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Seychelles to begin 21-day lockdown

Seychelles will from midnight on Wednesday shut down non-essential services and restrict the movements of people for 21 days to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The announcement comes after a 26-year-old Seychellois man, who works as a ground handling staff at the ‘ international airport, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, bringing the nation’s total cases to 11.

The airport will remain closed until the end of April while new maritime surveillance will be applied in the island nation, President Danny Faure said in an address on Monday.

The first Seychellois patient who tested positive for Covid-19 on 14 March, and a Dutch woman who tested positive the following day, have rboth ecovered from the disease, the president said.

Seychelles, a country of 96,000 people, is a popular tourist hot spot located off the east coast of Africa.