Discussions underway regarding Maldivians in virus-hit Manila

Maldivian government's appointed spokesperson regarding the Covid-19 disease, Mabrook Azeez is pictured speaking to reporters during a news conference. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Saeed)

Government spokesperson Mabrook Azeez has stated that discussions were underway regarding the situation of Maldivians in Manila, Philippines.

A total of 117 Maldivians are in the city which is in lockdown following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. On Thursday, the government had requested all Maldivians in the city to register at the Maldivian Embassy in Bangladesh.

Mabrook informed the media last night that 117 Maldivians had so far registered at the embassy and were being closely monitored by the government.

He also added that all Maldivians in the city were well. When asked whether the government was working to relocate those in the city, Mabrook stated that the government had not received such a request so far.

“We are speaking with them on how to proceed,” said Mabrook.

The Philippines has more than 100 cases of the disease and president Rodrigo Duterte issued restrictive measures on the capital Manila which is home to around 12 million people last Thursday.