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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Maldives|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, China, via Italy|
|Index case||Kuredu Resort & Spa|
|Arrival date||7 March 2020|
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to the Maldives on 7 March 2020 from an Italian tourist who had returned to Italy after spending holidays in Kuredu Resort & Spa. The Health Protection Agency of the Maldives confirmed two cases in the Maldives, both employees of the resort. Following this, the hotel was locked down with several tourists stranded on the island. As of 11 March, the islands resorts of Kuredu, Vilamendhoo, Batalaa and Kuramathi island have also been placed under temporary quarantine. Schools have been closed as a precaution.
On 7 March, the Maldives confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19, who are foreign employees at Kuredhoo Island Resort. Both are believed to have caught the infection from an Italian tourist who has been tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Italy. On 9 March, the Maldives confirmed two other COVID-19 cases have been tested positive. They are both tourists. As of 29 March, there are 17 positive cases of COVID-19.
The Maldives declared a public health emergency over COVID-19 on 12 March. As of 19 March 2020, the Maldives has 13 positive cases and the lockdown status on Vilamendhoo and Bathala has been lifted.
On 27 March, the government announced the first confirmed case of a Maldivian citizen with COVID-19, a passenger who had returned from the United Kingdom. This brought the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 16; the other 15 were foreign citizens.
The government of the Maldives and the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives with the guidance of the Health Protection Agency of the Maldives (HPA) placed a temporary travel restriction for the following countries to control new cases.
No passengers originating from, transiting to or with a travel history of said country/province is to be permitted into the Maldives. Maldivians and spouses of Maldivians who are foreign nationals will be allowed in but may be subject to quarantine measures.
|China||Active from 4 February 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Iran||Active from 26 February 2020||Ministry of Health|
|South Korea (North and South Gyeongsang Provinces)||Active from 3 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Italy||Active from 8 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Bangladesh||Active from 24 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Germany (Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg)||Active from 15 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Spain (All provinces and regions)||Active from 15 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|France (Île-de-France and Grand Est)||Active from 15 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Malaysia||Active from 17 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|United Kingdom||Active from 19 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
|Sri Lanka||Active from 21 March 2020||Ministry of Health|
Those with symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, or breathing difficulties but with no travel history within the last 14 days (Maldivians only).
Open Every day: 09:00 – 22:00
Those with symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, or breathing difficulties and with a travel history within the last 14 days; and those living in the same room / home.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Expatriates living in Maldives and having symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, or breathing difficulties.
Open on Saturday – Thursday: 10:00- 22:00
Open on Friday: 14:00 -2200
The Maldivian government turned the resort island of Villivaru in the Kaafu Atoll into a quarantine facility, described as "the world's first coronavirus resort", where patients would enjoy a luxurious stay and free medical care.
The Maldives' economy is dependent on tourism, which dropped severely due to travel restrictions amid the pandemic. Experts warned of an economic contraction and possible difficulties paying back foreign debt, especially to China.
|Case||Date||Age||Gender||Nationality||Hospital admitted||Source of infection||Status||Notes||Source|
|1||7 March 2020||Not disclosed||Female||Not disclosed||Farukolhu Fushi Isolation Center||Italy||In hospital||First case in Maldives. Italian tourist linked the local transmission||Ministry of Health|
|2||7 March 2020||Not disclosed||Male||Not disclosed||Farukolhu Fushi Isolation Center||Italy||In hospital||First case in Maldives. Italian tourist linked the local transmission||Ministry of Health|