The Foreign Minister of the Maldives and the President of the 76th United Nations General Assembly Abdullah Shahid has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was confirmed by him via Twitter.

Shahid said that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he was now isolated at home with mild symptoms.

The Foreign Minister went on to say that he was privileged to have been fully vaccinated against the illness including a booster dose.

Shahid also said that his prayers are with millions suffering from COVID and the billions without access to vaccines. He added that he stood by vaccine equity for all.

Since Shahid announced his COVID diagnosis many on social media have been sending him well wishes including foreign diplomats and local MPs and politicians.