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COVID-19: Liveaboard passengers, staff barred from inhabited islands

Mariyam Malsa
15 August 2020, MVT 16:29
Liveaboards docked in the lagoon of Hulhumale'. PHOTO: AHMED ABDULLA SAEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
15 August 2020, MVT 16:29

The National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM), on Friday, urged passengers and staff on liveaboards against visiting inhabited islands in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Maldives.

The association stated that it had received reports of passengers and staff from liveaboards disembarking on various islands in violation of coronavirus safety guidelines.

Therefore, NBAM called for all individuals to cooperate in adhering to official safety standards set by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Following the reopening of international borders on July 15, HPA permitted tourists to enter the country without mandatory quarantine, provided that they remained at the facility where initial bookings were made. Therefore, tourists are not permitted to move between islands or liveaboards within the duration of their stay.

All holidaymakers arriving in Maldives are required to observe social distancing measures and wear facemasks as per guidelines issued by HPA. While passengers are required to undergo thermal screening at the airport, individuals with high temperatures, breathing difficulties or other symptoms will be referred to the airport clinic.

Maldives recorded a marked increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases occurred after the state eased lockdown restrictions across the Greater Male' Region. The government initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' in response to a sustained decrease of cases in May and early June.

Maldives now records total 5,572 confirmed and 2,540 active COVID-19 cases, along with 3,010 recoveries and 22 deaths.

On March 12, WHO classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To date, the new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 21.3 million people and claimed over 763,300 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 14.1 million people have recovered.

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