COVID-19: Maagiri Hotel temporarily ceases operation

Maagiri Hotel has been temporarily closed after it was discovered that an Italian tourist who tested positive for COVID-19 had stayed at the hotel.

A notice issued by Maagiri Hotel on Tuesday said the hotel was temporarily ceasing its operations to carry out a total disinfection of the property.

The hotel will resume its services on Monday, 16th March.

Maagiri Hotel said the safety of their staff, guests and customers were their utmost priority. The decision for voluntary closure was made to ensure protection in the best interest of all, said the hotel.

The hotel apologised for any inconveniences that may be caused to its customers.

An Italian tourist who holidayed at Kuredu Island Resort had tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return to his country. The government revealed that the infected patient had stayed at Maagiri Hotel from March 1 to 2 after he was unable to depart to Italy as scheduled.

15 employees at the hotel had come into contact with the guest during his stay at the hotel. All 15 employees have been placed in isolation.

Six people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives thus far - Four people from Kuredu Island Resort and two tourists at Sandies Bathala Island Resort.