Covid-19: Direct contact of Dhoogas cluster tests positive in Addu

A building of the Police Academy

Addu City, Maldives – Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC0 has confirmed that a direct contact of those who tested positive for Covid-19 from the Dhoogas cluster has also tested positive for the virus.

This increases the number of active cases in Addu City and the total number of the Dhoogas cluster to 54. This cluster is of the 128 Indian nationals to who arrived in Addu City via Cochin, as workers of the Police Academy being developed in Addu City. The 53 cases were confirmed after testing all 128 individuals who were in quarantine at the Dhoogas facility, upon the completion of the 14 day quarantine. Due to this, the quarantine period of all 128 individuals have been extended by 14 days.

HEOC confirmed to “Times of Addu” that the individual who tested positive today was not in quarantine at the time of testing positive and that he is a worker of the Police Academy development project, who was tasked with ensuring the basic requirements of those is quarantine were fulfilled.

It has since been revealed that there are two direct contacts of this individual and that both have tested native for the coronavirus upon initial testing. However, they will remain in quarantine for a period of 14 days and tested again prior to being released.

This has sparked fears among the locals on whether there may be a local or community transmission in the city, as the person who tested positive for the virus today was not in quarantine – a first for the city.

As a precautionary measure Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) later revealed that authorities, in light of recent events, have decided to collect samples and test all individuals currently working at the Police Academy development site. Prior to this, all random surveillance samples collected in Addu City on the 26th and 27th of September came back negative, suggesting that there may not have been any local or community transmissions within the city at that time.

According to the latest statistics by Health Protection Agency (HPA) there are more than 90 active cases of Covid-19 in 24 different island of the country, with the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country having have exceeded 10,000.