Health Protection Agency has revealed that three Maldivians who returned back to the country recently from the United Kingdom has tested positive for COVID-19.
The first of these three individuals, referred to as Patient 16 had returned back to the Maldives on 22nd of March. He had started exhibiting symptoms of the virus on 25th of March, and was tested positive on 27th of March. He was at Holiday Island Resort for quarantine when he was tested positive, and was transferred to Velidhoo Isolation Facility.
On 29th March, HPA revealed that the sample taken from a Maldivian national who arrived from UK and was quarantined in Royal Island Resort Quarantine facility has tested positive for COVID-19. Later on 31st March, it was revealed that the quarantine roommate of the individual has also tested positive for COVID-19.
Currently in the Maldives, the only individuals under treatment for COVID-19 are these three individuals who returned from the United Kingdom. The doctors say that they are only exhibiting mild symptoms.
In last night’s Press Conference, the Spokesperson for National Emergency Operations Centre, Mabrouq Azeez revealed that the TAG Team for COVID-19 has taken the decision to undertake contact tracing for all Maldivians who returned back from UK, starting from 14th of March. It is to be noted that starting from 21st of March, Maldivians who return from UK are subjected to a mandatory quarantine of 14 days.