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Situation Maldives: Closer to Peak

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Maldives declared State of Public Health Emergency. While the government has been taking several measures

It has been eight weeks since Maldives declared State of Public Health Emergency. While the government has been taking several measures to strengthen the fight against COVID-19, the next couple of weeks will be crucial to the Maldives.  

Considering the rate at which positive cases are increasing, it is assumed that the country will reach peak by the end of May 2020. The National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) has warned that the situation could get worse within the next two weeks. Health professionals have made projections of the spread of the virus and has estimated that the Maldives may suffer over 77,000 cases of COVID-19 in total. Research Analyst Dr. Sheena Moosa formed these projections and presented during a press conference stressing on the need to revise the current testing capacity. According to her, authorities may be able to identify about 390 cases on the peak day while in reality, around 1500 cases may occur.

The first positive case in Male’ City on 15th April 2020 led to the greater Male’ Area being under lockdown as an attempt to contain the spread. However, the virus has spread to some of the other residential islands. Although the islands are not under strict lockdown, the residents have been asked to maintain social distancing, avoid public gatherings and banned from inter-island travelling without approval.

Currently, Maldives has confirmed 790 cases of COVID-19 with majority of the infected individuals being foreigners. The country has witnessed 03 deceased due to the virus with two of them being Maldivians and one Bangladeshi. As of yet, the island nation has recorded 29 recoveries.

Frontline workers being at high-risk, 05 police officer as well as a number of MNDF officers are among the infected. In addition to those, some delivery personals as well as some WAMCO staff were also tested positive for COVID-19. While this has created panic among the people, majority of the public has been adhering to the advice of the authorities and relevant figures.

As the majority of the cases are Bangladeshi and Indian workers, the risk of more migrant workers being infected are high. Hence, the countries’ governments have been working towards repatriation. On 08th May 2020, an Indian naval vessel departed from the Maldives with 698 Indian nationals who were left stranded in the country due to the pandemic. An additional group of Indians will be evacuated on 10th April 2020.

A number of repatriation flights have also been conducted within the past few days to repatriate foreigners stuck in Maldives. This includes flights conducted by Srilankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Skyup Airlines.

Strengthening Healthcare Systems

The government has also been establishing additional quarantine and isolation facilities due to the surge in numbers. This includes Gulhee Falhu quarantine facility with the capacity to accommodate 5000 individuals as well as Hulhumale’ quarantine center.

Furthermore, private hospital Tree Top Hospital has been offered to the government to entirely dedicate the facility for treating COVID-19 patients for three months. The hospital is well equipped with the capacity to treat up to 180 COVID-19 patients at any given time.

Economic Challenges and Recovery Plans

President Ibrahim Solih had set up a resilience and recovery task force to prepare for the reopening of Maldives’ economy post COVID-19. The National Task Force aims to formulate strategies in close coordination with relevant stakeholders in order to revive the country’s economy with combined efforts to boost the economic growth. While the task force will be overseen by the president, it includes working groups on finance, economic recovery and social sector.

Despite the nation’s economy smashed to the ground due to the pandemic, the government has been taking several measures to ease the struggles of the people.

With a number of individuals currently unemployed with no sources of income, the government had introduced stimulus grants to support those affected by the pandemic. On 07th May 2020, the government announced the disbursement of MVR 70 million as relief loans. SMEs and Self-employed individuals facing cashflow constraints can avail these funds through SDFC. A grant scheme for artists and freelancers affected by the situation will also be introduced soon.

However, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) has criticized the government for the lack of timely actions and job losses in the tourism industry. Revealing that the current relief packages were not formulated in consultation with them, MATI added that the challenges faced by the industry needs to be addressed urgently in order to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Whilst the government of Maldives has emphasized on the reopening of borders in July. Being the backbone of the country’s economy, the recovery and resumption of the tourism industry is vital to rise from the economic fall.

Hopeful of combating the pandemic with stronger precautionary measures being implemented, Maldives looks forward to overcoming the pandemic and opening its shores again.

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Are you looking to work in Maldives? Here are 05 job opportunities in Maldives Resorts!

Have you always wondered how the girls on social media got to travel and work in Maldives?

If you’re a fan of travel and work, then you follow creators on Instagram and TikTok who travel and work in the Maldives. Whether they’re island hosts or waiters, these travellers are living a unique and blissful experience. They get to experience the culture, lifestyle and beautiful scenery of the Maldives. But the best part is, they’re making money while living in the Maldives! So, how do you get a job in the Maldives, especially a resort job? It’s easy, all you have to do is apply!

The Maldives is one of those beautiful destinations where the choices are limitless. With over 180 resorts, there is a high chance that there is a job out there for you. So stop scrolling, and leap on an adventure to work and live in the Maldives this year. Here are some of the resort jobs updated on Job Maldives that you can apply for.

Laundry Supervisor at Diamonds Thudufushi Beach and Water Villas

Are you looking to work in a scenic resort just 20 minutes away from the Capital city by seaplane? Here’s the opportunity to work at Diamonds Thundufushi Beach and Water Villas. The resort is looking for a passionate individual with 2-3 years of work experience in a similar role. In addition to the experience, the qualifications for this job include:

  • Excellent knowledge of computing and officer software
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Great team player who thrives in working with a multicultural team and guests alike
  • Ability to work independently with minimal support and effective management
  • Self-confident, creative and proactive, able to prioritize and make effective decisions
  • Customer-driven and courteous individual with an outgoing and approachable character
  • A positive ‘Can DO attitude’
  • Experience working with a multicultural team

If you have these qualifications this job in Maldives is perfect for you. Some of the benefits of this job include a good competitive salary and service charge as well as training and career development programs. Additionally, employees also get annual leave with a ticket to their home island or country provided. In addition to the annual leave, the mandatory leaves are also paid! Accommodation, meals and laundry service are also covered by the resort and employees get health insurance coverage as well.

The closing date for this position is March 8th, so interested candidates can apply now!

Meeru Maldives Hiring Waiters

Serving over 40 years in the Maldives hospitality industry, Meeru Maldives is also looking to hire some new faces this time around. A job posting was updated on Job Maldives for a dynamic, highly motivated individual to fill the position of Waiter! Some of the qualifications for this job include:

  • GCE O Level standard or Higher education
  • A minimum of one year of previous Hotel and restaurant experience is an added advantage
  • Basic food and beverage knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, written and verbal
  • Excellent customer care skills and interpersonal relations

If chosen to work as a Waiter at Meeru Maldives Resort Island, you will be expected to:

  • Serve food & beverages to the correct standards as implemented by F&B management
  • Regularly set up stations before service according to the correct standards
  • Ensure the cleanliness & tidiness of outlets at all times
  • Have full knowledge of all current promotions and available food and beverage products in all outlets

The deadline for this position is set for March 13th and interested applicants can shoot their shot now!

Room Attendant Position at Meeru Maldives

Here is yet another job opening posted on Job Maldives for the position of room attendant at Meeru Maldives. The requirements for this position include:

  • At least one year of previous experience ( added advantage )
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Customer-driven and self-motivated

This job is perfect for anyone looking to be employed in a Maldives resort! Here are the daily tasks required according to the job posting on Job Maldives:

  • To clean rooms i.e., sanitizing bathrooms, dusting rooms, making beds, defrosting mini-bar fridges and sweeping floors according to the hotel standards
  • Replenish amenities, linens and supplies
  • Report all maintenance required in guest rooms immediately

The deadline for this position is March 13th, 2024, you can apply for this position now!

Security Officer & Demi Chef De Partie at Kuruma Maldives

Kurumba Maldives is also looking to fill up two positions soon. One of the positions for the Security Office, this position is open for female applicants. The second position is for Demi Chef De Partie open for Thai nationals.

The resort is always looking to hire people looking for opportunities for professional growth and development. In addition to joining a team of like-minded passionate individuals, you also have the advantage of being located near the City. This means less travel to get to the City on your off day!

You can find the application for this position and more careers at Universal here!

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