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Couple on liveaboard tests positive for COVID-19, national count hits 13

Ali Shareef
15 March 2020, MVT 15:53
A couple on a liveaboard tested positive for the virus on Sunday, marking the thirteenth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country.
Ali Shareef
15 March 2020, MVT 15:53

The government on Sunday confirmed that a foreign couple on a liveaboard cruise tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to thirteen.

The government's spokesperson for COVID-19, Mohamed Mabrook Azeez, made the announcement at a news conference held at Dharubaaruge convention center.

According to HPA, individuals aboard 'White Waves' safari were taken for observation on Saturday after exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19.

In addition to the couple on the liveaboard, 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.

This includes 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.

Maldives also banned entry from Spain and parts of Germany and France, in addition to China, Italy, Iran, Bangladesh and two regions of South Korea.

The government on Saturday also closed down all universities, colleges and training facilities for a period of two weeks.

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