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HPA enacts monitoring measures on Anantara Kihavah

Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 March 2020, MVT 10:04
Communications Undersecretary at the President's Office, Mabrook Abdul Azeez speaks to the press about the COVID-19 situation in Maldives. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 March 2020, MVT 10:04

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Tuesday night placed Anantara Kihavah under monitoring after a foreign national at the resort began to exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms.

The individual is currently under home-isolation.

Currently, the resorts Gili Lankanfushi, aaaVeee Nature's Paradise and Four Seasons Landaagiravaru are also under monitoring over individuals on the islands exhibiting symptoms. All suspected patients are isolated until the authorities receive their test results.

Per protocol, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the islands until the monitoring measures are lifted.

Currently there are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maldives, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigu, 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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