In the months before the second wave hit India, we heard excited talk and saw our Instagram feed filled with pictures of the Maldives. For a while, it was almost as if Indians visited the Maldives more than Goa. Soon, though, the lovely African island of Seychelles had reopened its borders as well, allowing in tourists who provided a negative RT-PCR test report, and later a fully vaccinated report.
They say the island is a fully vaccinated country as it has vaccinated most of its population. However, in a surprising turn of events, the vaccinated people in Seychelles are testing positive. The nation saw more than double active Covid-19 cases in the past week alone, raising concerns that inoculation might not be making people immune to the virus.
It is imperative to note that the WHO stated vaccine failure could not be concluded without proper assessment.
It is at least good news that none of the people who have been vaccinated have died of the virus till now. Still… the increase in positive cases has compelled Seychelles to impose new curbs. Schools have been closed and sports activities cancelled. Bars were told to close and bans have been put on mingling too much and with too many people. These rules are similar to those last imposed at the end of 2020.
The popular island of Maldives is also seeing a surge in cases. Ghumau Kya suggests staying home and staying safe. It is best to postpone your travel plans until normalcy returns.