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HPA quarantines Maldivian arriving from Italy

Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 March 2020, MVT 15:56
Participants at the joint drill held March 3, 2020, on precautions and response measures against a possible COVID-19 outbreak in Maldives. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 March 2020, MVT 15:56

Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced that authorities are working to place a Maldivian, who arrived from Italy, in quarantine for observation.

The agency stated that the local will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19, as part of the state's precautionary measures to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in the country. Maldivians who arrive from countries where the spread of COVID-19 is most rampant undergo two weeks in an isolation facility before they are released.

Presently, a mother and her child are quarantined at the isolation facility established at Farukolhufushi.

Italy currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Europe, with more than 3,000 confirmed infections and 107 fatalities.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has so far been detected in 81 countries, most prevalently in China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

As of March 4, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maldives. The state has made arrangements to test suspected cases in the country, as well as established an emergency operations centre. Other precautionary measures include increasing border control, halting all flights from China, and banning entry to all cruise-liners, as well as entities arriving from China, Iran and two regions of South Korea.

COVID-19, which originated from Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China last December, has infected over 95,300 people and claimed more than 3,200 lives across the world.

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