JUST IN: Maldives reports 4 new Omicron cases

Tourists arriving at Velana Airport | Photo: Raajjemv

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency today confirmed 4 additional positive cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant in the Maldives.

Speaking at a press conference held today, Dr Ibrahim Faisal of Health Emergency Operations Center stated that the four new positive cases are also foreigners.

The authorities are now discussing cautionary protocols to be implemented following the new development.

Maldives reported the first Omicron variant case on 5 December 2021.

With the announcement of the newly classified variant Omicron on 26 November 2021, the Maldives imposed a travel ban on 7 southern African countries; South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and eSwatini.

The President has also announced booster shots for the eligible population starting mid December.

While WHO recommends enhancing surveillance, performing field investigations and laboratory assessments to the authorities, the public is advised to keep a physical distance of at least 1 metre from others; wear a well-fitting mask; open windows to improve ventilation; avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces; keep hands clean; cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue; and get vaccinated.