Positive cases escalate to 42 in Maafushi

Aerial view of Maafushi | Photo: Phaisal Photos

K. Atoll, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated today that the popular budget tourism island K. Maafushi, has a total of 42 positive Covid-19 cases. 

The island was placed under monitoring on April 20, after recording a positive case that went to a flu clinic. The results of 10 people came back yesterday, as positive. Today, 31 more people have been tested positive for Covid-19.

HPA stated that there will be no travel, in and out of the island until the monitoring status is lifted after contact tracing and sampling is done.

Maafushi, located in the south Malé atoll, is one of the first islands opened for local tourism in 2010. Maafushi Island is the center of budget tourism in the country and has a number of popular guesthouses for tourists.

Tourists who arrive in Maldives with proof of vaccination, two weeks after full doses are exempted from requiring a negative PCR test result to enter the Maldives.

All other travellers excluding Maldives citizens, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, conducted within 96 hours prior to departure. Travellers are also requested to complete the online Immigration and Health self‑declaration form within 24 hours prior to arrival.

Almost 90% of the tourism sector employees of Maldives have been vaccinated with the first dose, while the tourism ministry is also preparing on vaccinating tourists on their arrival to Maldives.