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COVID-19: President inspects isolation facilities under development in greater Male region

Nafaahath Ibrahim
26 March 2020, MVT 19:22
President inspects isolation facility. PHOTO: PRESIDENTS OFFICE
Nafaahath Ibrahim
26 March 2020, MVT 19:22

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday toured and inspected two of the isolation facilities under development in the greater Male' region.

According to the President's Office, President Solih inspected the COVID-19 designated isolation facilities in Farukolhufushi and a second one which is being developed near Tree Top Hospital, located in Hulhumale.

President inquired about the ongoing development work at both the facilities and it's operations during his visit.

Several government officials including Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi, Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed and Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen were seen accompanying the President.

Tourism Minister on March 22 revealed that, 1158 rooms with a total of 2288 beds have been allocated from nine facilities for those who need to be quarantined. Tourism minister Waheed also shared contacts details of facility focal points from within the ministry.

Currently, 18 people are placed in isolation facilities, while 737 are in quarantine facilities. As a preventative measure, Health Protection Agency (HPA) mandated that all inbound passengers, with exception to tourists checking in to resorts, will be placed under observation at a designated facility for a period of 14 days.

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 World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 480,000 and claimed over 22,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 117,000 have recovered.