12 March 2020 – National plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Executive Order, Specific Action, Other Announcement
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Foreign Affairs, Health, Immigration, Local Government, Private Sector and Businesses
Intervention Categories: International travel measures; Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Cabinet of Ministers, President of Seychelles, Department of Health

Overview: President Danny Faure announces that the public and private sector have been collaborating with support from the World Health Organisation to prevent the novel coronavirus from entering Seychelles.
The Cabinet of Ministers have approved a new National Plan in response to the evolving pandemic crisis. The plan has been formulated with the objective of preventing this virus from entering Seychelles, with contingency measures in place to take control of the situation early on and reduce its transmission.

All overseas travel by public officials has been banned. Border control and surveillance measures are reinforced, while national Defence Forces have been called on to assist and support the Department of Health with the implementation of the new National Plan.
Full details here: http://www.statehouse.gov.sc/speeches/4771/address-by-president-danny-faure-on-the-declaration-of-covid-19-as-a-pandemic-by-the-world-health-organisation

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic by the WHO, as well as advice provided by the Department of Health