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COVID-19: HPA bans travel between resorts and inhabited islands

Mariyam Malsa
14 March 2020, MVT 17:48
A file photo of tourists in the capital city of Male'. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
14 March 2020, MVT 17:48

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Saturday, prohibited all travel between resorts and inhabited islands for a 14-day period in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The measure, implemented under the state of Public Health Emergency announced on Thursday, will come into effect at 1800 hrs.

The travel ban between resorts and islands, approved by HPA’s Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru, is among a number of more severe measures introduced on Saturday to combat the virus.

These measures include closing down all parks and public recreational areas in the Greater Male' region and a two week closure of all universities, colleges and training facilities across Maldives.

Furthermore, a 14-day restriction on tourists checking into hotels and guest houses located in Greater Male' will come into effect on Sunday.

HPA's announcements come in the wake of the tenth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country. The patient is a foreign national at Kuredu Island Resort and was initially among ten people identified to have been in contact with four other foreigners from the resort that tested positive earlier.

In addition to the five cases reported from Kuredu Resort, two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each, as well as another individual in Anantara Dhigu Resort were confirmed to have the virus.

Thus far, no Maldivians have tested positive for COVID-19.