COVID-19: Infected Maldivian in Malaysia makes full recovery

The Maldivian national who tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia has recovered from the illness.

The National Emergency Operation Centre on Friday revealed the individual has been released from the hospital following treatment after making a full recovery.

Medical Officer of the Health Protection Agency, Dr. Nazla Rafeeq said the Foreign Ministry communicated with Malaysian authorities after receiving reports that a Maldivian national had tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia. While the individual has now been identified, it has been confirmed that the person has made a full recovery and has been discharged from the hospital, said Dr. Nazla. The date on which the person tested positive for the virus is unknown, she said.

Recently, 197 Maldivian nationals in Malaysia were repatriated. Authorities are checking if any of the arrivals had had contact with the person who had tested positive. All arrivals from Malaysia are currently completing a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated quarantine facilities.

Maldives has recorded 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.