Lockdown on V. Thinadhoo lifted after suspected case confirmed negative

Temporary restrictive measures imposed on V. Thinadhoo have been lifted after the tourist who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 tested negative for the virus.

An Italian tourist holidaying on the island was quarantined and tested after he developed symptoms similar to that of COVID-19 on Friday. The island was temporarily placed on lockdown, and entry to and off the island was barred until the results of the test came back.

Health Protection Authority (HPA) on Saturday confirmed that the tourist's test came back negative, and the restrictive measures on the island have now been lifted.

Kuredu Island Resort and Summer Island Resort have also been placed under lockdown as per protocol being followed after suspicious cases were identified.

Kuredu Island was placed on lockdown after it was reported that an Italian tourist who had recently holidayed at the island tested positive to COVID-19 after he returned to Italy. Work is currently underway to identify those who had been in contact with the infected tourist. While a doctor employed at the island has also exhibited symptoms of the virus, the man has been transferred to Farukolhufushi quarantine facility.

Two French tourists in Summer Island resort as well as the island's doctor and some staff have developed symptoms similar to COVID-19.

Both islands will remain on lockdown until the results of the tests come back. No cases have been confirmed thus far.