America – The Center for Disease Control (CDC) of America has warned against non-essential travel to the Maldives.
Following an alert level 3 which was issued regarding the Maldives, the CDC warned the general public against traveling to the Maldives, especially any person of high risk categories.
The CDC detailed that the risk level of contracting the virus in Maldives is high and that it is possible that people may face difficulty in receiving adequate treatment in the Maldives – something which the HEOC has already implied in a recent press conference.
Public Health Expert, Dr. Sheena mentioned in an HEOC press conference that the health care system of Maldives is now burdened, and that personally as a public health personnel, she believes that the time for a lockdown has come again.
“COVID-19 risk in Maldives is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Maldives. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Maldives.” The CDC advisory read.
“If you get sick in Maldives and need medical care, resources may be limited. Plan ahead and learn more about Getting Health Care Abroad.”
“If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.”
“Check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of Maldives or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine.”
The advisory comes as Maldives records increase in new cases on the daily in the 100s, with a total of more than 6,000 cases. Currently, the number of active cases is at 2,531 with 4,222 recoveries.
The country has recorded the demise of 26 Covid-19 patients in the country.