Maldives Police Service on Monday, arrested three individuals over violating preventive measures imposed by the state, to curb the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Police also detained two individuals for allegedly travelling from Nolhivaranfaru in Haa Dhaalu Atoll to Kulhudhuffushi City on Sunday. Two persons aged 23 and 30 were arrested after having swum on to the island. The two claimed that their canoe had capsized off the western coast of Kulhudhuffushi near the airport runway.
Health Protection Agency (HPA) on April 16, ordered a travel ban on all islands across Maldives as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The agency also prohibited gatherings anywhere outside of home, including private residences or public places. HPA especially warned against hosting parties and ceremonies, sporting activities, picnics, fishing trips and other social activities with special mention to celebrations that in a pre-COVID-19 world, would typically take place during present weeks in anticipation of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Authorities tightened the precautionary measures amidst the pandemic following the first confirmed case of community spread in Male' City, MAV021, a local female with no recent travel history, who presented to the flu clinic in Male after developing symptoms. She was tested positive on April 15. At present, the country has not identified an index patient for the outbreak. The government predicted that community spread of the virus began two to three weeks ago.
As of now, Maldives records 69 confirmed and 53 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 16 recoveries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 2.4 million people and claimed over 169,338 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 644,589 people have recovered.