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Maldives lowers tourist COVID-19 cases to 0.07 percent

Shahudha Mohamed
08 January 2021, MVT 12:40
Tourists at Velana International Airport (VIA). PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
08 January 2021, MVT 12:40

Ministry of Tourism, on Friday, revealed that the rate at which tourists tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives were reduced to 0.07 percent in December 2020.

Presented as a percentage of tourist arrivals, the lowest infection rate was recorded in December, the month that attracted the largest number of tourists since the country reopened its borders in mid 2020, with a total of 93,823 arrivals.

The island nation saw the highest rate of tourist infections in last September, with 0.36 percent of 9,538 visitors testing positive for the virus during the month.

Since then, the rate at which tourists tested positive for COVID-19 had steadily decreased, with 0.26 percent of arrivals testing positive in October and 0.13 percent of arrivals testing positive in November.

The Maldivian government reopened its borders on July 15 with just four airlines, following a period of international travel restrictions spanning nearly four months. Six months after the border reopening, the situation in travel has almost reverted back to what it was before the border closure.

At the moment, Maldives is recording a daily average of 3,000 to 5,000 tourist arrivals -- a notable figure considering the trenches that the industry fell into mid-2020.

Despite the entire industry screeching to a halt due to preventive measures taken to curb the spread of the virus, Maldives hit its target for 500,000 tourists in 2020, with an impressive recovery curve.

With renewed hope, the government expects to attract over 1.5 million tourists in 2021. Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom, on several occasions, stated that this year would be a "very successful" year for Maldivian tourism.

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