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HPA places Hakuraa Huraa under monitoring again

Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 March 2020, MVT 10:00
Water Villas at Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa resort. PHOTO/CINNAMON HOTELS
Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 March 2020, MVT 10:00

Health Protection Agency (HPA) placed Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives Resort under monitoring again early Thursday over a suspected case of COVID-19.

The agency stated that a foreign national who developed coronavirus-like symptoms is now under home-isolation and being tested.

Per protocol, the resort will be on lockdown until HPA receives the test results.

HPA had enacted restrictions on Hakuraa Huraa earlier this week as well over a suspected case that later tested negative.

Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, Adaaran Club Rannalhi, and Reethi Beach Resort along with Bodufulhadhoo Island, Alif Alif Atoll and the liveaboard 'Equator' remain under monitoring over suspected COVID-19 cases.

Maldives, like many other countries, has moved to quarantine a number of areas with suspected cases, isolating suspected and confirmed cases alike. However, despite significant public pressure to do so, and although all movement from resorts to islands is now restricted, the country is yet to issue a lockdown blocking all incoming travel from other countries.

As such, resort employees currently face the highest risk of exposure to the virus.

Maldives now has 13 confirmed and five active cases of COVID-19, with eight recoveries. So far, only tourists and resort employees have confirmed infections in Maldives with no record of local transmissions within the country. The first Maldivian tested positive for the virus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 471,400 and claimed over 21,200 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 114,600 have recovered.

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