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Situation Maldives: Strengthening the Fight Against COVID-19

Situation Maldives looks into the COVID status in Maldives
Within the past week, Maldives has seen an alarming rise in the number individuals tested positive for COVID-19.

Within the past week, Maldives has seen an alarming rise in the number individuals tested positive for COVID-19. Seeing 527 positive cases and 01 death due to the virus, further extension of the lockdown was much needed due to the situation in Maldives.

The rapid increase in the number of infected individuals and the first COVID-19 associated death has forced the government to extend the lockdown even further to contain the spread of the virus. The deceased individual was an 83 year old woman from the capital city of Male’. Whilst the country has recorded 18 recoveries till now.

The community spread affected a disproportionately greater number of migrant workers living in Male’ city. While they are at greater risk of contact tracing, the Director General of Public Health have imposed quarantining of vulnerable workers in greater Male’ area. They are currently quarantined outside Male’ and under the protection of the government of Maldives in regards to the situation in Maldives.

While the healthcare system lacks the capacity to treat a large number of patients at the same time, a number of countries have provided generous donations to help strengthen Maldives’ grasp on the situation. This includes the generous donations from China in the form of disposable protective masks, N95 and KN95 masks, infrared thermometers, goggles, medical protective suits, care beds, testing kits, ventilators, sampling sticks and detection reagent extractant. In addition to that, Singapore and Thailand donated additional medical equipment to the Maldives to help strengthen the healthcare system. Furthermore, Velaa Private Island donated 10,000 testing kits and face masks, ventilators, PPEs as well as 200 respirators.

The government of United States have provided economic support to the island nation by funding USD 02 million. The government of Japan extended an emergency grant of USD 356,400 for UNICEF and USD 185,000 for Maldives Red Crescent in order to combat the pandemic. Neighbouring India also provided aid of USD 150 million under the bilateral currency swap arrangement facilitated during 2018.

The government of Maldives launched a contract tracing app to further support their efforts of mitigating the community spread. To provide extra assistance to the people during the crisis, a Viber Bot as well.

While the borders still remain closed in Maldives, a special visa permit has been introduced for specific parties. This includes resort owners, investors, and officials from institutions such as the WHO or World Bank. Those arriving under this visa will undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine and will not be permitted to travel between islands. COVID-19 tests will be taken for them within the 24 hours of arrival, as well as after the quarantine period. Government spokesperson, Mabrook Azeez stressed that the resort owners and investors to be staying at their resorts where possible.

As a tourist destination, having the country’s economy smashed to the ground makes one wonder if there is a chance of getting back to the same level in the near future.

Once the borders are open, we have the UNWTO guidelines in place to make sure the airport to the tourist resorts they travel to is where safety is ensured for their well-being. Naturally, I must say that we are blessed with scattered islands. Which is good for a country like us because you are isolated in these islands and not mixed with others. That’s the beauty and safety of this destinations. Hopefully we will kick-start and restart our industry in the third quarter depending on the stability that we bring in controlling the disease right now.”

Ali Waheed, Tourism Minister of Maldives said during an interview with CNN

According to the Tourism Minister Ali Waheed, there more than 500 tourists in Maldives unable to go back to their home countries. During his interview with CNN, Minister stated that they are kept in Dream Island and ensured that the government will continue helping them.

We believe they are like locals, they are the people who have brought this country to where it is now”

Ali Waheed, Tourism Minister of Maldives

With extra precautionary measures in place and the aid from well-wishers, Maldives continues its fight against COVID-19.

Feature image by Vaguthu

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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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