Three additional people at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort will be tested for COVID-19 after exhibiting symptoms corresponding to the virus.
Previously, two foreigners holidaying in Anantara tested positive for the virus. While they have been quarantined at a quarantine facility, people who had been in contact with them have been placed in isolation at the resort.
The resort was placed in lockdown and later released after quarantining the infected people. However, the resort is once again in lockdown following the identification of the people having symptoms.
13 people have tested positive for the virus in the Maldives thus far, out which three have now recovered. While the total number of active cases is 10, all are foreigners.
The Maldives has stepped up its testing capacity and is currently testing even those with the slightest symptoms of the virus. In that regard, over 500 samples have been taken thus far, of which most results had come back negative. It has been six days since no new case has been identified in the Maldives.
The government has declared a state of a public health emergency for a period of 30 days in the Maldives and has been taking numerous measures to contain the spread of the virus. Schools, educational institutions and government offices have been closed as a precautionary measure. Furthermore, the government has been encouraging social distancing and temporarily halted congregational prayers and dine-in facilities at restaurants and cafe's. The public has been advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
The government has also banned arrivals from several countries and is quarantining Maldivians who arrive from overseas for 14 days. In additional, arrivals of tourists to guest houses, hotels have been banned, and the arrival of yachts, as well as safaris, have also been banned temporarily.