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Tourists are kept in quarantine by coronaviruses at the luxury resort of the Maldives

(CNN) – While there is no doubt that having a vacation interrupted by a rapidly spreading virus that has infected over 108,000 worldwide and killed over 3,800 is a major inconvenience, there are certainly worse places to confine than a luxury resort in the Maldives. .

Over the weekend, the Indian Ocean island nation was added to the ever-growing list of countries with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus after two staff members of the Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, located on the northern cliff of the Lhaviyani Atoll, tested positive for the virus.

As a precaution, the entire resort was quarantined, with all guests and staff being denied access until further notice.

“Temporary restrictive measures will continue until the authorities release the island from its quarantine period,” reads a statement on the Kuredu Island Resort & Spa website, where accommodation options include villas with a private pool, beach bungalows and beach villas with hot tub.

“At the moment there will be no flights to or from the island. The island is well equipped with everything we need and we are confident in the care that will be provided to everyone.”

Sumptuous isolation

Kuredu Island Resort

All guests and staff at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa are temporarily quarantined after two staff members have tested coronavirus posture.

Courtesy of Kuredu Island Resort

The decision was made after two staff members tested positive for the virus shortly after contacting an Italian tourist who tested positive for the virus after returning home.

However, the authorities decided to block the entire resort as an additional provision, ensuring that all guests and employees “remain on the island and follow the advice and directions of the Maldives Health Protection Agency and the Ministry of Health. Tourism”.

Hopefully those who are not self-insulated have a lot to keep them busy as the resort, 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital Male, offers activities such as scuba diving, windsurfing and kiteboarding, as well as a well-liked spa – although it’s unclear if these will still be on offer.

Since news of confirmed cases arrived at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, there have been two cases per Sandies Bathala Resort in A.A Atoll, which was also locked up, bringing the number of cases in the Maldives to four.

The authorities also banned all “originating and transiting through Italy” passengers from entering the Maldives, as well as all travelers who have visited the European country in the past two weeks.

A separate resort in the Maldives, Summer Island was also placed under “temporary restrictive measures” after two people developed coronavirus symptoms while on vacation there.

While the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, cases have been confirmed in more than 80 countries outside mainland China in recent weeks.

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