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Gili Lankanfushi under monitoring over suspected COVID-19 case

Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2020, MVT 20:22
Mabrook Abdul Azeez, the undersecretary at the President's Office and spokesperson on the coronavirus situation, speaks to the press. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
16 March 2020, MVT 20:22

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Monday night enacted monitoring measures on Gili Lankanfushi after a local at the resort began to exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms.

The agency stated samples will be taken from the Maldivian for testing, and that they are currently under home-isolation.

HPA also placed aaaVeee Nature's Paradise and Four Seasons Landaagiravaru under monitoring late Sunday after foreign nationals began to exhibit symptoms. The individuals in question have also been placed under home-isolation until their test results.

Meanwhile, HPA lifted the measures placed on Meeru Island Resort and Sheraton Island Resort on Monday morning, after the samples taken from both tested negative.

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.

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