Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed has announced that there are 187 tourists still stranded across 10 resorts in Maldives due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of today (27th April).
Speaking at the press conference, Minister said that these include tourists from 50 different nationalities. He further added that the Foreign Ministry is working on arranging repatriations for these travelers.
On efforts to contain the virus outbreak in the country, the government put a visa suspension in effect from March 27th. This has ceased all international flights to the country, bringing a halt to the country’s lucrative tourism industry.
The first case from capital, Male’ City was confirmed on April 15, leading to a lockdown on the greater Male’ area and a ban on all non-essential travel between Maldivian islands.
However, National Emergency Operations Center recently revealed that with the current measures put into place, Maldives is making progress in flattening the curve.