PCR test required for unvaxxed travelers from islands under monitoring

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revised its guidelines on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in the atolls.

According to the new guidelines, unvaccinated travelers from islands under monitoring will be required to undergo a PCR test before traveling. The guideline listed situations in which islands may be put under HPA's monitoring status and the process to identify positive cases. It also detailed how to control the spread of the virus and the requirements that have to be met before an island's COVID-19 situation is declared as controlled. It stated that the COVID-19 situation in an island may be deemed as controlled if the positivity rate remains below 20 percent for a week.

HPA further said masks must be worn outdoors in islands with positive cases, and all guidelines to contain the spread of the virus must be enforced on such islands.

The guideline also outlined the process that must be followed in resorts and industrial islands to control virus spread.