COVID-19: Infected tourist came in contact with 173 people

Authorities have revealed that the Italian tourist who tested positive to COVID-19 after holidaying at Kuredu Island Resort in Maldives had spent a duration of two days at the archipelago's capital.

The government confirmed that the guest had stayed at Maagiri Hotel in Male' city from 1st to 2nd March following his stay at Kuredu. The man had come in contact with 15 people at the hotel. All 15 people have been placed in isolation, and none have developed any symptoms of the virus, said the government. However, an employee of Universal Ticketing Office, who had been in contact with the infected tourist has exhibited symptoms of the virus, and has been quarantined at Farukolhufushi Quarantine Center.

The government earlier on Monday revealed that according to the contact screening, the tourist had come in contact with around 173 people during his time in the Maldives. Four people have tested positive for the virus thus far from Kuredu Island Resort, and two additional tourists have also been confirmed to have the virus at Sandies Bathala Resort. Both resorts have been placed on lockdown.