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173 individuals came into contact with Kuredu virus cases: health ministry

Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 March 2020, MVT 10:16
COVID-19: Health Minister Abdulla Ameen speaks to the press about COVID-19 outbreak in Maldives. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 March 2020, MVT 10:16

Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen revealed late Sunday night that authorities have identified 173 individuals who were in contact with the two people that tested positive for COVID-19 on Kuredu Island Resort.

Speaking at a press conference held at Dharubaaruge convention centre regarding the response and preventive measures being taken, Minister Ameen stated that 93 of the individuals who came into contact with the virus patients have been isolated in rooms on-island.

However, he did not disclose the whereabouts of the remaining 80 individuals, who were identified via contact tracing.

In response to a media inquiry about individuals, who were in contact with patients, travelling to other locations, the minister assured that the authorities were identifying and closely monitoring such individuals for symptoms of infection.

Minister Ameen added that authorities have directed the resort on how to manage the individuals that came into contact with COVID-19 patients, adding that relevant island councils have also been informed.

An employee of Kuredu resort, who was in Foakaidhoo, Shaviyani Atoll, when they began to exhibit suspected symptoms of COVID-19, was also transferred to the quarantine facility at Farukolhufushi.

There were 1,389 people on Kuredu Island Resort when it was placed on lockdown following the virus outbreak, including 699 tourists, 270 local staff and 420 expatriate staff.

In addition to Kuredu, the health ministry revealed during the press conference that 11 individuals have also been isolated on Sandies Bathala resort. The Health Protection Agency declared later that night that two guests holidaying at the resort also tested positive for the virus.

Authorities are yet to reveal more details about contact tracings of the Sandies Bathala cases.

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