Travel restrictions lifted from 4 resorts, 15 safaris

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has lifted the travel restrictions imposed on four resorts and fifteen safaris.

The government banned travel between resorts and safaris to residential islands as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. HPA had previously announced that employees working on the islands can leave the islands upon completing a two week quarantine from the date of departure of the last guest at the facility. The restrictions imposed on the four resorts were lifted 14 days after the last tourist at the facilities departed from the venues. The resorts are Malahini Kuda Bandos, Kottafaru Resort, Raha Resort, Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah.

Mabrook further revealed that two resorts that were in monitoring condition; Rihiveli Resort, and Constant Moofushi Resort are now relieved from restrictions.

Those on fifteen safaris are also now allowed to disembark from the vessels.

Mabrook said currently there are 809 people in quarantine facilities, and 73 people have been released from those facilities. He further said 187 samples had been taken from people who are quarantined while work is ongoing to take samples from an additional 43 people.

Maldives has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 thus far. Out of these, six cases are currently active, while the remaining patients have recovered from the illness. Two active cases are of foreigners who have already departed from the Maldives, and the remaining four are all locals who returned to the archipelago from the United Kingdom.