Health Emergency Operations Center HEOC Spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeq says authorities in the Maldives have shortened the quarantine period for individuals who test positive for COVID from 14 days to 10 days.

Speaking at the press conference held by the Health Ministry today, Dr. Nazla said that even though individuals who test positive for COVID do not exhibit any symptoms, they are quarantined for 14 days.

But she said that authorities have decided to cut down the quarantine period to 10 days if the individual has completed both doses of the COVID vaccine.

Dr. Nazla also said that fully vaccinated direct contacts of positive patients would also be quarantined for 10 days or they would be released from quarantine once they present a negative PCR test five days after being in quarantine.

She emphasized that unvaccinated individuals and those who have not completed their vaccine doses would be exempt from these changes.

At the press conference today, Public Health Officials had confirmed the discovery of the Omicron variant from the capital Male' along with two others islands in the country.