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Kodhipparu under monitoring over suspected COVID-19 case

Shahudha Mohamed
26 March 2020, MVT 22:19
Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives. PHOTO: MIHAARU FILES
Shahudha Mohamed
26 March 2020, MVT 22:19

Health Protection Agency (HPA) placed Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives under monitoring late Thursday, over a suspected case of COVID-19.

The agency stated that the tourist who developed symptoms ain to that of coronavirus was currently under isolation at the resort after samples were taken for testing.

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

The agency placed Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives Resort under monitoring early Thursday over a suspected case, shortly after restrictions were enacted over a suspect 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 494,100 and claimed over 22,210 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 119,785 have recovered.

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