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Coronavirus outbreak: Maldives bans arrivals from Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:16 pm March 9th, 2020
File photo: An Emirates airlines Airbus takes off from the Male International Airport in Male, the capital of the Maldives on July 31, 2016 AFP

The ban on travellers from Bangladesh will remain effective from Tuesday to March 24

The Maldives has temporarily barred travellers from five countries, including Bangladesh, from Tuesday as a precaution against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the luxury tourist destination’s civil aviation authority announced on Monday.

The ban on travellers from Bangladesh will remain effective from Tuesday to March 24. However, Maldivian nationals and their spouses will be permitted entry to the country.

High Commission of the Maldives in Dhaka Aishath Shaan Shakir told Dhaka Tribune that the ban was imposed as precautionary measure and will be effective for 14 days.

The ban covers Bangladesh, China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

“Many Bangladeshi are living in Maldives. The decision has been taken so that the virus can not spread,” she said.

She also said that flights between the two countries have also been postponed. A Maldivian airline operates flights two days in a week.

The islands nation has curbed movement on several resort islands, authorities said on Sunday, after the country reported its first two cases of coronavirus.

The two infected people, who are both staff at the Kuredu Island Resort, tested positive late on Saturday. They are believed to have caught the disease from an Italian tourist who has returned to Italy and tested positive there.

There are more than 1,400 people on the island, split equally between guests and staff, according to the tourism ministry.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) announced that three Bangladeshis were tested positive with the coronavirus.