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An Island In The Maldives Has Been Turned Into A ‘Luxury’ Coronavirus Quarantine Facility

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the globe, many hospitals and treatment centers are overwhelmed by patients. From James Dyson inventing new ventilators in just 10 days to fashion designer Christian Siriano designing and manufacturing face masks for hospitals in need, it seems like everyone is trying to come up with new ways in which they can help the struggling medical community.

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The Maldives is the latest to come to the table with an out of the box solution. The small island nation in South Asia has turned the island of Villivaru, one of its former luxury resort islands, into a quarantine facility, according to South China Morning Post. Patients will be treated in the Kaafu Atoll, which is about 15 miles from the capital city.

Though this island was a popular vacation destination in the 1980s and 1990s, it has been abandoned during recent years. SCMP reports that the quarantine facility was completed in 10 days by 50 workers. The renovated facility currently comes with some luxury amenities including 30 air-conditioned rooms, each of which includes room service meals, a fully stocked mini-bar, and a flat-screen TV. In addition, doctors will be taking care of those quarantined for free. No visitors are allowed on the island.

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As of today, the Maldives only has 13 reported cases of coronavirus and they have not yet banned tourism to the other islands. According to msn.com, those coming from certain countries, such as Spain, Italy, Iran, and mainland China, are restricted, while Maldivians re-entering the country are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

This is just one of many recent global initiatives in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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