Travel clinic in Male' city converted into flu clinic

Photo shows two people with face masks walking on a street in Male' city. Maldives has so far confirmed 19 cases of the virus up until April 5. 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The government has switched the travel clinic established in the Male’ Hiya 2 area of the Male’ city to a flu clinic.

The news was announced in a statement issued by IGMH. According to the statement, the services of the now-flu clinic will be available to both foreigners and locals from 10:00 to 22:00.  IGMH advised those with symptoms of illness to visit the clinic and not hospitals.

The travel clinic was initially established for locals returning to the country from abroad. However, the government recently decided to place everyone returning to the country in quarantine as a preventive measure against the spread of the pandemic virus.

A flu clinic was established in the Sena Hiya Hospital and a clinic designated for foreigners was established in Hulhumale’ as well.

The Maldives has so far confirmed 19 cases of the virus. Two positive cases departed from the country after completing their quarantine periods. Their test results were received as positive after they had already departed from the country. 13 of the 19 cases have made full recoveries after contracting the disease. Currently, the country has four active cases, who are all locals that returned from the UK.