Seychelles has recorded its first death from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
The patient was a 57-year-old Seychellois man who was hospitalized on New Year’s eve, according to a statement from the health authorities.
“The situation is deteriorating and everyone should take the situation seriously,” President Wavel Ramkalawan said in a press briefing on Monday.
The Indian Ocean archipelago confirmed 16 new cases on Sunday evening, three of which were reported on its second most populous island of Praslin.
Seychelles – composed of 115 islands – registered its first case of Covid-19 on 14 March 2020. It has so far recorded 322 cases and 223 recoveries.
The government last week imposed restrictions, including ordering the closure of churches, bars, gyms and schools, following a rise in infections.
There are also travel restrictions and businesses are encouraged to operate virtually, except for essential services.