11 contacts linked to Manadhoo cases identified and quarantined

Photo: Kulhudhuffushi Hospital

N. Manadhoo, Maldives — 11 contacts that were linked to the case confirmed in Manadhoo has been identified and quarantined.

An individual who was tested for the virus after completing the mandatory quarantine was confirmed to be tested positive for the virus. As the individual had violated home quarantine rules and attended Friday prayer congregation and other venues of the island during his quarantine period, he has had several contacts with people as well. The island has now been placed under HPA monitoring.

Ismail Shafeeq, the manager of Noonu Atoll hospital located in Manadhoo disclosed to AVAS that they have completed the contact tracing and the 11 people who had come in contact with the positive case have been identified and quarantined.

According to Shafeeq, the list of contacts has been shared with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and that before finalizing the list, it will be further evaluated by HPA. He also mentioned that none of the contacts have shown no symptoms for Covid-19 yet.

While the person who tested positive has not displayed any symptoms either, the biggest concern is that the island is on monitoring status, Shafeeq added.

“We are getting many calls from surrounding islands from people who wish to travel to Manadhoo for healthcare. There are many unwell people, but as the island is under HPA monitoring, entry and exit has been restricted. This has caused a huge concern. I request HPA to remove the island from monitoring as soon as possible,” said Shafeeq.