The Maldives' government established an additional flu clinic in Kulhudhuffushi City on Tuesday, to treat and test patients with flu- and coronavirus-like symptoms.
Making the announcement at a press conference held by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), the President's Office's Communications Undersecretary Mabrouq Abdul Azeez stated that the flu clinic is located adjacent to the Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital.
He added that the flu clinic will offer daily services from 1000 to 1600 hrs.
The government previously established four flu clinics, three in the greater Male' region for locals, and another in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale' for foreign nationals.
The clinic located at Senahiya Military Hospital in Male' is designated for individuals with symptoms of the virus, without any travel history to a country with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The second facility, located near the Sinamale' apartment complexes, is a travel clinic for individuals exhibiting symptoms of the virus with recent travel to a country with the outbreak. The clinic in Hulhumale' designated for foreigners is located next to the Maldives Autism Centre.
Privately-run ADK Hospital recently unveiled an online flu clinic, offering consultations for patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms via video calls. Patients can make appointments at +960 3313553.
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.