Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Thursday, ordered restrictive measures back in place on Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives as a precaution, after a foreign national at the resort island developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
The foreign national in question has been placed under self-isolation, and is being tested for the virus.
The resort is currently under “monitoring”, and the restrictive measures will remain in place until HPA receives the test results and completes contact tracing.
This marks the second time for the resort to be placed under “monitoring” this March due to a suspected virus case.
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.
Eight have since recovered, but continue to be closely monitored in isolation facilities.
Maldives has now decided to suspend issuance of on-arrival visa, starting from March 27, in an effort to lower the risk of further virus cases.