Court order issued to place 2 people in quarantine

Photo shows medical professionals stationed in the Izzudheen Harbor (Presidential jetty) of Male' City. The capital was placed in lockdown on April 15, 2020 following confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Civil Court of Maldives has issued a court order to quarantine two individuals for refusing to go into quarantine.

The court has previously issued a similar order against an individual for refusing to provide samples to test for COVID-19.

A Civil Court official confirmed the court orders but did not provide any further details.

Under the public health safety laws of the country, a court order can be issued upon persons suspected of being infected with a contagious disease. The court order must be enforced by Police if the individual refuses to do so.

Maldives has so far confirmed 573 cases of COVID-19.