In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government on Sunday, established a tourist support center at Hulhule' Island Hotel (HIH), located in the airport island of Hulhule'.
According to tourism minister Ali Waheed, the support center will be managed and operated jointly by Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) and Maldives Police Services (MPS).
The center is intended to provide assistance and information to tourists from their arrival until departure, said the tourism minister in a tweet, adding that tourists "will never walk alone" amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In case of assistance, the minister adviced tourists to contact the support center hotline at 9423131.
The government on Sunday confirmed that a foreign couple on a liveaboard cruise tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to thirteen.
In addition to the couple, two cases from Anantara Resort, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each, tested positive for the virus.
Maldives announced a state of public health emergency last Thursday, under which the government has implemented several measures, including travel restrictions to and from resorts and banning guesthouses and hotels in the Greater Male' region from accepting more tourist bookings for a period of 14 days.
The government has banned entry from Spain and parts of Germany and France, in addition to China, Italy, Iran, Bangladesh and two regions of South Korea.
On Saturday, the government closed down all universities, colleges and training facilities for a period of two weeks.