Seychelles reported an increase in the number of cases on Wednesday, according to the country’s health ministry, despite the island nation having already vaccinated 59,676 people – 85% of its population.
The ministry reported 497 cases over a three-day period, he said in a Facebook post. To date, 6,373 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in Seychelles. The country’s national broadcaster, Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC,) reported in April that the South African variant had been found in several patients.
The increase in cases, which began last month, prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to issue a Level 4 warning to travelers advising against traveling to the tourism dependent country.
On Monday, the health ministry closed specialist medical clinics and suspended surgeries outside emergency operations and cancer treatment.