Int'l travelers advised to wear masks

The national airline Maldivian has urged passengers to wear masks on international flights.

The airlines' advisory comes while the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Monday urged people to wear masks as a precautionary measure against the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The national airline Thursday said passengers would be required to wear masks on international flights.

A MACL official told AVAS on Thursday that airlines are asking passengers to wear masks per HPA's recommendation. However, MACL has not yet made it mandatory, he said. However, he said the company's employees who deal directly with passengers are now wearing masks.

The main government hospital, IGMH, has also urged the public to wear masks when visiting the hospital. The hospital said that in addition to COVID-19, there has been an increase in other common diseases over the past few weeks.