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COVID- 19: Govt releases four recovered individuals from quarantine

Mariyam Malsa
03 April 2020, MVT 16:20
Dr Moosa Murad speaking at a previous press conference. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
03 April 2020, MVT 16:20

The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), on Thursday, revealed that the state had released four individuals from the quarantine facility in Velidhoo, Alif Alif Atoll after testing negative for COVID- 19.

The individuals in question were placed in quarantine after exhibiting symptoms of being infection by the novel coronavirus.

Speaking at the daily press briefing held at Dharubaaruge convention centre over the pandemic, Dr Moosa Murad stated that high-risk suspects are kept in quarantine for a certain period even if after testing negative.

Dr Muad detailed that the Health Protection Agency (HPA) considered the 14-day quarantine period from the day after an individual is transferred to a facility. Tests are conducted on the fifteenth day, after which the person will be released, should the result prove negative.

Furthermore, he revealed that an exit-screening would be conducted before the persons are allowed to exit the quarantine facility.

Presently, Maldives records 19 confirmed and six active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 13 recoveries. While there are two confirmed cases of Maldivians, no local to local transmissions have been recorded.

There are currently more than 800 people in quarantine facilities across the country while 18 individuals are in isolation.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 1,015,059 people and claimed over 53,100 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 212,00 people have recovered.

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