Covid-19: Kuredu employee in Foakaidhoo to be quarantined

An employee of Kuredu resort who traveled to Sh. Foakaidhoo and is suspected of having been infected with COVID-19 will be placed in isolation at iFarukolhufushi Quarantine Centre. The first cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives emerged in Kuredu Resort after two expatriate employees tested positive to the virus on Saturday.

Health Protection Authority (HPA) said the employee developed symptoms of COVID-19 and is therefore being transferred to Farukolhufushi for testing.

The Maldivian employee is in Foakaidhoo on his leave. After he went to the island, he started having fever and was isolated at his home. HPA said they are closely monitoring his condition.

The Maldivian traveled to Foakaidhoo after an Italian tourist who recently holidayed in Kuredu Island Resort tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return to Italy. While two people have tested positive for the virus on the island, the island has been placed on lockdown with 699 tourists, including 11 from Italy, 270 local employees and 420 expatriate employees.

Italy is one of the countries that is worst hit by the virus outbreak at the moment. The government has indefinitely suspended arrivals from Italy and work is underway to send Italian tourists back to their country.

While Kuredu Resort has been placed on orange alert, the government has been providing the necessary assistance to the resort. The government is closely monitoring the situation at the island.