COVID-19 Control in Islands

Lindsay Edouard


Peculiarities of the islands of the southwestern Indian Ocean enabled control of the spread of COVID-19: closing of ports of entry and lockdown with strict sanitary curfew whilst maintaining access to essential health services.  There was an increase in violence, whether in the community or within the household, and challenges include meeting the needs of disadvantaged groups. Progressive relaxation of lockdown procedures was accompanied by social measures to promote wellbeing.  Control measures were relatively successful to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the number of cases ranging from 81 in Seychelles to 2,603 in Mayotte by the end of June 2020.

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