8 more quarantined following close contact with COVID-19 patient

Health professionals engage in a drill designed to improve preparedness for a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in Maldives. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, announced that it was working on transporting eight people who had close contact with a COVID-19 patient to a quarantine facility as a precautionary measure.

HPA made the announcement in a tweet at approximately 3 am this Tuesday.

The eight people being moved into quarantine were identified as foreign nationals.

Six people have tested positive for COVID-19 from Maldives, all of whom are foreign nationals. Of the six patients, four were foreign workers from Kuredu and two were Italian tourists from Sandies Bathala.

The first cases had come from Kuredu, and had originated from an Italian tourist who stayed at the resort in February and later tested positive upon return to his home country.

Health Minister Abdulla Ameen previously stated that the HPA had identified 175 people who had close contact with him.

65 people who had contact with the tourist are in self-isolation in rooms at the resort, while 25 are in self-isolation outside the resort. A person who was in self-isolation Sh. Foakaidhoo was transported to the quarantine facility in Farukulhufushi after he began manifesting respiratory symptoms. The rest are reported to be asymptomatic.

15 more people, the staff of Maagiri Hotel in Male’ where the tourist had stayed for two days before departing to Italy, are also practicing self-isolation.

Meanwhile, a local female who works for the Emirates ticketing office who interacted with the tourist was moved to Farukolhufushi after she began manifesting respiratory symptoms on Monday.