2 Locals placed in quarantine after returning from Italy

Photo shows a man wearing a mask during a training exercise for the Covid-19 disease in the Maldives. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Two Maldivians are being placed in quarantine after arriving back in the country from Rome, Italy, HPA has announced.

Italy is one of the worst-hit countries with the disease after China and HPA stated that the two locals were placed in quarantine as a precautionary measure. They will remain in quarantine for a period of 14-days.

More than 10,000 cases of the disease have been tested positive in Italy with 631 deaths.

An Italian national who visited the Maldives also tested positive for the disease after departing from the country. The Maldives receives a large number of tourists from the country, and the government has moved to suspend flights from the country after the outbreak escalated in Italy.

Work to return Italian tourists in the Maldives is also underway.

Six cases of Covid-19 have been tested positive in the Maldives and a total of four resorts are in lockdown.

In addition to Italy, Maldives has also temporarily suspended flights from China, two regions of South Korea, Iran, and Bangladesh.