2 arrested for travelling to quarantined island Kendhikulhudhoo

File photo of police making an arrest. (File Photo/Sun)

Maldives Police Service, on Tuesday, arrested two people for travelling to N. Kendhikulhudhoo in violation of the nationwide travel ban which prohibits travel between islands without a permit.

According to the police, two people from N. Maalhendhoo had travelled to N. Kendhikulhudhoo and then back, on a small boat at approximately 00:53.

They had done so without the knowledge of either the COVID-19 taskforce in Maalhendhoo or the owner of the boat, said the police.

The two people were arrested by the police upon return to Maalhendhoo.

They were identified as a 37-year-old Maldivian male and a 29-year-old Maldivian male.

The case is under further investigation by the police.

The island to which the two travelled to, Kendhikulhudhoo is currently under quarantine by Health Protection Agency (HPA), in connection to the virus case on board the boat Amaazu, which had carried passengers from Male’ to several islands in northern Maldives.

Spurred by the community spread in Male’, virus cases in Maldives have risen to 228.