TL;DR news on Maldives at December 19, 2022

Maldives, with its proximity to the equator and access to both the northern and southern hemispheres, offers stargazing opportunities rare in other parts of the world. Maldives, at the moment, is accepting tourists with a negative PCR test report, taken less than three days before travel, or those who are fully vaccinated with no quarantine requirements. This as people on social media ribbed celebrities at large about their jetting off to vacation spots like the Maldives whenever a crisis emerges. Turkey, Maldives, Nepal are on the red list of travel bans. Maldives' Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof took to social media to make a statement on the same. HPA had previously issued an order that would prevent Indian tourists from staying at guesthouses and hotels in residential islands of the Maldives. Chris Gayle might have given the update of his arrival in Maldives through his Instagram account with a series of stories with photos of islands through an aeroplane window. Maldives has been in a state of public health emergency for over a year and the last extension is set to expire on June 3. According to the statistical pocketbook, the local labor force is 181,144 workers strong across Maldives, out of which 107,426 are men and 73,717 are women.