Maldivians in Centara Grand, Rannalhi being tested for COVID-19

Centara Grand Island Resort. (Photo/

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Saturday, announced that it has taken samples from a Maldivian national in Centara Grand Island Resort (A. Dh. Machafushi), and another in Adaaran Club Rannalhi (K. Rannalhi) both of whom had developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Samples from both were taken as a precautionary measure, said HPA.

Both have been placed under self-isolation, and access in and out of the resorts where they are in have been restricted.

The restrictive measures will remain in place until HPA receives the test results.

13 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, all of whom are foreign nationals who were either working or vacationing in resorts or safaris. Of the 13 people, five were from Kuredu Island Resort, two from Sandies Bathala, two from Kuramathi Island Resort, two from Anantara Dhigu, and two from Island Safari-1.

11 people continue to be treated, while two have recovered; the 70-year-old Italian male who was moved to Dharumavantha Hospital after his condition deteriorated, and his spouse. The two will continue be kept in isolation for 14 more days for monitoring.

565 people have been tested for the virus so far. 550 have tested negative, and the results on two remain pending.