Covid-19: Maldivian employee at Vilamendhoo being tested, resort on temporary lockdown

  • Maldives has confirmed six cases so far, all foreigners
  • Four of the cases are from Kuredu Island Resort while the remaining two are from Sandies Bathala resort
  • Vilamendhoo island on lockdown until results come back

Aishath Shaany

K. Male' 2020 Mar 10 | Tue 10:42 local 6,197

Isolation facility in Farukolhufushi - Health Ministry

An additional Maldivian is being tested for coronavirus, reveals the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

The agency said that a Maldivian working at Vilamendhoo Island Resort is being transferred to the isolation facility in Farukolhufushi after showing Covid-19 like symptoms, for testing and further monitoring.

Temporary restrictive measures have been placed on the resort, as per normal procedures, until test results come back.

These measures will be lifted if the tests are negative, while the lockdown will continue for a period determined by experts if they come back positive.

While temporary measures have been initiated on Vilamendhoo Island Resort, Kuredu Island Resort and Sandies Bathala are on lockdown following positive cases. Maldives has confirmed six cases so far, all foreigners; four are from Kuredu while the remaining two are from Sandies Bathala.

Earlier on Tuesday, HPA tweeted that eight foreigners are being transferred to the quarantine facility after being identified as close contacts of a Covid-19 patient. The agency did not reveal any further details.

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