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HPA lifts restrictions from Mathiveri, 3 resorts

Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 March 2020, MVT 10:27
Aa.Mathiveri. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 March 2020, MVT 10:27

Health Protection Agency (HPA) lifted the monitoring measures enacted on three resorts and Mathiveri, Alif Alif Atoll, after samples taken from them tested negative for COVID-19.

The four islands were placed on lockdown after two Maldivians from Gili Lankanfushi, two foreign nationals from Furaveri Island Resort and Mathiveri Island each, and one foreign national from Anantara Kihavah developed coronavirus-like symptoms.

HPA confirmed that test results came back negative, and thus temporary restrictions were lifted from Gili Lankanfushi and Anantara Kihavah on March 17, and Furaveri and Mathiveri on March 18, as per protocol.

Maldives currently has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 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.

The island national announced a state of public health emergency on March 12, under which the government has implemented several measures. This includes travel restrictions to and from resorts, and temporary suspension of tourist check-ins in guesthouses and hotels around the country.

In addition, Maldives has banned entry from China, Italy, Iran, Bangladesh, Spain, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and parts of South Korea, France and Germany.

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