COVID-19: Two households in capital under temporary lockdown

Two households in capital Male’ has been placed on lockdown after it was learnt that some residents of the building had come in contact with world-famous football player Marouane Fellaini.

The former Manchester United midfielder had tested positive for the virus on Friday after he traveled to China following his holiday at One&Only Reethi Rah Island of the Maldives. Upon learning he had tested positive for the virus post his return from the Maldives, the government has been tracing people who had person-to-person contact with him during his time in the archipelago.

Speaking at a press conference held Sunday, Government Spokesperson for COVID-19 related matters, Mabrook Azeez said Fellaini had arrived in the Maldives on March 8 and departed on March 12. While he had tested positive for the virus on March 20, the earliest possible date that he may have contracted the disease is March 6, said Mabrook.

At a later press conference, Mabrook said the two houses were placed on lockdown until the test results of the residents of the homes come back. Some residents had displayed symptoms of COVID-19, Mabrook said.

Two people who had contact with Fellaini are quarantined at Velidhoo Isolation Facility. However, their test results have not come back thus far.