COVID-19: Luxury resorts to be used as quarantine facilities in Maldives

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed has revealed that rooms from 10 local resorts will be used as quarantine facilities.

1158 rooms in the resorts will provide 2288 beds.

In addition to the resorts, Hulhule Island Hotel will also be used as a quarantine facility, said the minister.

The ten resorts being used as quarantine facilities are Villivaru Biyadhoo, Fun Island, Holiday Island, Malahini Kuda Bandos, Emboodhoo Village, Varu by Atmosphere, Velidhoo Island, Dhiggiri Island and Royal Island.

In a tweet posted Sunday, Minister Ali Waheed thanked the tourism industry for facilitating the people's needs.

The government has also assigned government focal points at each facility, and publicized their contact information. If the families of any person quarantined at the facilities wish to contact the facilities for any reason, they can contact the focal points, said the minister.

As a stringent measure against the spread of COVID-19, the government has made the decision to place all inbound arrivals in the Maldives with the exemption of tourists in a 14-day quarantine at designated facilities. A large number of rooms are needed to accomodate all arrivals. The government has revealed that they are working to secure enough rooms to house quarantined individuals.

13 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives thus far. All are foreigners either employed or vacationing in the Maldives. Out of these, three patients have made full recoveries.