35 positive for Covid-19 after attending a wedding in Male’

View of Male City from the rooftop of Dharumavantha Hospital. | Photo: MIHAARU

Male’, Maldives – A wedding party held on the 20th of this month has resulted in 35 individuals, including high risk patients, to tested positive for Covid-19.

The event, held at the SHE Building was attended by some individuals with coronavirus symptoms, according to Health Protection Agency (HPA). HPA has also revealed that as of right now, their efforts have identified that an estimated 120 attendees went to the party.

“Our agency is currently calling everyone who attended and organized the event, asking them to quarantine, along with efforts to test people that are high risk” HPA said.

HPA has asked attendees of this event that they were not able to contact to call 1676 and give as many details possible. They added that all attendees must be in isolation and are not allowed to leave their homes, even if HPA has not been able to call them yet.

Mass gatherings and ceremonies were allowed to be held in Male’ on the 19th, with strict guidelines. These guidelines state that attendees must wear masks and follow social distancing rules and that if kept indoors, doors of the venue should be kept open during opening and ending times, and that doors must be opened frequently to allow air circulation.

HPA also advises that under no circumstances must attendees shake hands, and that too many people should not be allowed in the venue at once. They also advise to keep events as short as possible, and that if photos are to be taken, masks are mandatory.