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Paradise Island Resort being monitored over suspected virus cases

Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 March 2020, MVT 15:35
Paradise Island Resort of Villa Hotels. PHOTO/PARADISE ISLAND RESORT
Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 March 2020, MVT 15:35

Health Protection Agency (HPA) enacted monitoring measures on Paradise Island Resort on Thursday, after 10 individuals on the island developed COVID-19 like symptoms.

The agency stated that eight Maldivians and two foreign nationals have been placed under home-isolation while their samples are being tested for the coronavirus.

All travel to and from Paradise Island Resort will be prohibited as per monitoring protocols during this period.

Paradise Island Resort is managed by Villa Hotels, a subsidiary of the Villa Group conglomerate. The Group recently closed down all of its resorts except Paradise, due to the sharp decline in tourist arrivals over the COVID-19 pandemic.

HPA is also monitoring Cheval Blanc Randheli over suspected virus cases.

Meanwhile, monitoring measures were lifted recently from Gili Lankanfushi, Furaveri Island Resort, Anantara Kihavah, and aaaVeee Nature's Paradise after samples taken from suspected cases on the islands came back negative.

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.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 220,800 and claimed over 8,980 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 85,770 have recovered.

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