Congested living spaces
Samples collected from migrant workers living in 30 "vulnerable homes"
 
1500 migrant workers will be repatriated within the following week
 
Quarantine facilities for expatriates are being established in Hulhumalé, Gulhifalhu and Villivaru
 
33 vulnerable households are currently being monitored
K. Male' |
Maldives has a large community of Bangladeshi workers that live in congested living spaces
Mohamed Fazeen

The National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) has revealed that authorities have collected samples from migrant workers living in 30 vulnerable houses.

Covid-19 task force’s spokesperson, Mohamed Mabrook Aziz revealed this on Sunday night, during a routinely press briefing to provide the latest Covid-19 updates to the people.

As such, Mabrook revealed that authorities had identified 33 households where migrant workers live in congested, confined spaces out of which samples have been collected from 30 households. Authorities are yet to collect samples from the remaining three households.

Some of these test results have since come back and those who turned positive for the virus have been moved into isolation facilities. A number of samples still remain at the laboratory.

As the authorities continue to monitor a number of vulnerable households, some of the migrant workers living in such confined spaces have since been moved to the temporary shelter established in Hulhumalé.

Following the surge in Covid-19 cases in the capital since April 15, authorities had earlier stressed that migrant workers living in such conditions are vulnerable and at high risk of being exposed to the infection. Since then, a number of migrant workers have tested positive for the infection.

The government earlier revealed that 1,500 migrant workers in the Maldives will be repatriated within the following week.

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