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COVID-19: Travel ban lifted from 4 resorts, 15 safaris

Mariyam Malsa
06 April 2020, MVT 13:33
Liveaboards, Safaris in the lagoon of Hulhumale'. PHOTO: AHMED ABDULLA SAEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
06 April 2020, MVT 13:33

The government, on Sunday, dropped the travel restrictions implemented on four resorts and fifteen safaris, which banned persons from travelling to or out of the islands or vessels in an effort to prevent the of COVID-19.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA)'s two-week ban was lifted from Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort, Brennia Kottefaru Resort, Rahaa Resort and Four Seasons Private Island.

Implemented on March 14 under the state of public health emergency, the travel ban was extended to safaris and liveaboards on March 21.

The measures left resort workers across the archipelago in de facto quarantine for nearly a month and placed them at high risk of contracting the virus from incoming tourists.

Following the government decision to halt issuing on-arrival visas from March 27 onward, workers were permitted to leave their place of employment 14 days following the departure of the last tourist at their respective establishments. In addition to completing a 14-day quarantine, workers are required to attain a permit from HPA before leaving resorts or safaris.

Presently, Maldives has 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.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 1,272,900 people and claimed over 69,400 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 262,300 people have recovered.