Rise in number of Covid cases prompts new appeal to respect public health measures |13 November 2021
New statistics from the Ministry of Health are showing an increase in the number of active Covid-19 cases from 222 to 320 over the last seven days.
The seven-day rolling average has jumped from 20 cases to 30 cases in the same time interval.
These increases are raising serious concerns at the Ministry of Health prompting new appeals to the public to adhere to the public health measures and not to behave as if the Covid pandemic no longer exists.
Public Health Commissioner, Dr Jude Gedeon, restated yesterday that it is in the best interest of every one to take their own responsibility to stop the spread.
“The careless increase in group celebrations and other breaches of public health measures, including parties after first communions and confirmations are directly linked to the increase in number of Covid cases we are seeing,” he said.
The Ministry of Health is reiterating that:
• People should refrain from participating in mass gatherings, including social gatherings
• Police should enforce the public health and social measures in place, including wearing of face mask
• Social gatherings after first communions and confirmations should not be held
• Bars and restaurants must strictly adhere to their standard operating procedures.
Chief executive of the Health Care Agency, Dr Danny Louange, confirmed that Covid-19 testing stations are open for the weekend and people who have symptoms and those advised to go for testing because they are a contact should do so promptly.
The accompanying graph shows the seven-day moving average from May 1 to November 12, 2021. Community transmission continues and most districts are reporting cases.
Three (3) deaths from Covid-19 related illness that occurred in the last week of October and first week of November 2021 are being reported.
The chart shows the total number of cases ever reported, the number recovered, active cases and death. It also depicts the distribution of active cases for Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
Press release from the Ministry of Health