COVID-19: Contacts of recent positive cases reduced significantly

Two women wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as walk along a road in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed has hailed the fact that the number of contacts connected with positive cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives has decreased substantially.

Speaking in a presser today, Minister Waheed said that hope was high that if the lockdown was kept in-place like this, the country could control the virus effectively without letting it get out of hand.

“We are seeing the results of this. The positive cases identified only have a few contacts. This means that the citizens are at home well isolated.” Noted the Minister at the conference.

He stressed on the importance of isolating elderly people to their rooms as the virus posed a significantly higher risk to them. He reiterated that if things went according to plan, the main economic activity of the country, tourism could be restarted in July. The next scenario was where tourism was restarted in October, said the Minister.

The Maldives has so far confirmed 862 cases of the virus along with three deaths. 30 people have also made full recoveries from the virus.