Authorities in Seychelles have ordered the closure of schools and banned sporting activities and social events to deal with a surge in coronavirus infections.
The island nation – which tops the world charts for the most vaccinated populations against Covid-19 – will also require non-essential workers to work from home and effect a 23:00 curfew.
The country has mostly administered the China-made Sinopharm vaccine but the authorities have not commented on its impact.
Health officials say 85% of the country’s 97,000 population has been vaccinated and that they are dealing with 1,608 active cases.
“Some 65% of the active cases are unvaccinated or have received only one dose, whilst the remaining have taken both doses,” Seychelles news agency reports.
The health ministry said that new infections were leading to hospitalisation and that the main Covid-19 treatment centre was running “at its capacity”.
President Wavel Ramkalawan announced that the restriction measures will be reviewed closer to 24 May.