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COVID-19: HPA places Reethi Beach Resort under monitoring for a second time

Ahmed Aiham
24 March 2020, MVT 20:59
Reethi Beach Island Resort. PHOTO: MIHAARU FILES
Ahmed Aiham
24 March 2020, MVT 20:59

National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) on Tuesday placed Reethi Beach Resort under monitoring for a second time, after two suspected cases of COVID-19 were reported.

Speaking to the press, President's Office's Communications Undersecretary Mabrouq Abdul Azeez revealed that a foreign resort worker and a Maldivian were isolated from the island.

At the time of reporting, Reethi Beach and the liveaboards 'Equator' and 'Island Safari' are under lockdown.

Prompted by the imported COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the government announced a state of public health emergency on March 12, under which the government has temporarily closed down all government offices and educational institutions, urging the public to practice good hygiene, social distancing and stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Institutions and businesses around the country and around the world are either closing shop or moving to work in the digital space wherever possible, as a move to 'flatten the curve' or reduce risk of infection and spread of the virus.

Maldives now has 13 confirmed and eight active cases of COVID-19. The country recorded its first two recoveries on March 20, and the third on March 21. Two more recoveries were reported on Monday.

No Maldivians have tested positive for the virus as of yet. So far, only tourists and resort employees have confirmed infections with no local transmissions.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 398,900 and claimed over 17,300 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 103,700 have recovered.