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COVID-19: New isolation facility being developed in Hulhumale'

Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 April 2020, MVT 10:16
Communications Undersecretary at the President's Office Mabrouq Abdul Azeez speaks at the NEOC press conference on the COVID-19 situation in Maldives. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 April 2020, MVT 10:16

National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) announced the development of a new isolation facility in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale' late Wednesday.

Speaking at the daily press conference held at Dharubaaruge convention centre, Communications Undersecretary at the President's Office Mabrouq Abdul Azeez disclosed that the 'Hulhumale' Medical Facility' is being developed for MVR 40 million, located in front of Tree Top Hospital.

According to Mabrouq, the expenditures comprise MVR 12 million for construction and MVR 28 million allocated for the procurement of medical equipment.

Estimated to reach completion by April 15, the new facility will feature:

- Isolation block with 300-bed capacity

- Service building with kitchen, laundry and waste management facilities

- Accommodation block for employees

Hulhumale' Medical Facility will be specialised for critical care.

Authorities have established numerous isolation and quarantine facilities across the country as part of the government's measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Maldives presently 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.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 1,518,000 people and claimed over 88,400 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 330,700 people have recovered.

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