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COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Maldives
First case Kuredu Resort & Spa
Arrival date 7 March 2020
(1 year, 6 months, 2 weeks and 4 days)
Origin Wuhan, China, via Italy
Confirmed cases 77,432
Active cases 2,601
Recovered 74,598

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The virus was confirmed to have spread to the Maldives on 7 March 2020. It was spread by a 69-year-old Italian tourist who had returned to Italy after spending holidays in Kuredu Resort & Spa.

The Health Protection Agency of the Maldives confirmed two cases in the Maldives, both employees of the resort. After this, the hotel was locked down with several tourists stuck on the island. The resorts of Kuredu, Vilamendhoo, Batalaa, and Kuramathi island were also placed under temporary quarantine. Schools were closed as a precaution.

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