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Two resorts under monitoring over suspected virus cases

Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2020, MVT 10:01
Mabrook Abdul Azeez (R), the undersecretary at the President's Office and spokesperson on COVID-19 updates, speak to the press on the situation in Maldives. PHOTO: AHMED ASHWAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2020, MVT 10:01

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Sunday night enacted monitoring measures on two resorts where some individuals began to exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms.

The agency revealed that samples from one foreign national at aaaVeee Nature's Paradise, and two foreign nationals from Four Seasons Landaagiravaru are currently being tested for the coronavirus.

The individuals in question have been placed under home-isolation until their test results while the two resorts are being closely monitored.

Currently there are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maldives, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigurah, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each. No locals have tested positive for the virus as of yet.

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 four regions of South Korea.

Furthermore, the government closed down all universities, colleges and training facilities for a period of two weeks.

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