Seychelles: World's most vaccinated nation reports surge in coronavirus cases

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Seychelles (Image: Pixabay)
Seychelles (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : Maximum number of people residing in Seychelles has been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, despite this the nation has reported a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections. The island nation has reportedly closed down its schools and sporting activities for at least two weeks to control the spread of the virus.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the hike in coronavirus cases has raised concerns that the vaccine looks ineffective against the coronavirus in several parts of the nation.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the failure of vaccine cannot be claimed without proper assessment of the situation.

The health body is in direct communication with Seychelles and working on evaluating the situation, said Kate O’Brien, director of the WHO’s department of immunization, vaccines and biologicals at a briefing on May 10.

Seychelles had started its vaccination drive in January with China's Sinopharm vaccine, 57 per cent of the total vaccinated people used it. And rest were given Made in India Covishield vaccine.

Since last week, the number of active coronavirus cases has more than doubled to 2,486 people. Of these, 37 percent of the population have received both the vaccine doses, as per the report.

Amid rising number of coronavirus cases, the nation has reimposed restrictions to stop spread.