Male’ Maldives- The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has requested everyone that travelled from GA. Dhehvadhoo after the 30th of November 2020 to quarantine at once and to submit samples for Covid-19 tests as soon as possible.
In a statement released today, HPA said that any travelers from GA. Dhevvadhoo, if they are in another Maldivian island, must inform the island’s hospital or health centre, and that they must remain in quarantine till a negative covid result in confirmed.
Health officials say they cannot stress enough that these individuals should not go outside for school, work or other purposes till their test results are confirmed negative .
HPA advised that anyone that has gone to Male’ from Dhevvadhoo after the 30th of November must go to one of the flu clinics in the city and submit their samples, adding that these clinics will be open till midnight today. Until a negative sample is received, these individuals must also remain in quarantine.
In addition, anyone that travelled from Dhevvadhoo after the 25th of December must complete 14 days of quarantine, along with a test now and another test when the 14 days end.
This announcement comes after Dhevvadhoo went into monitoring status yesterday, after a suspected community spread at the island- which according Dhevvadhoo councilor Maumoon Ibrahim, did not occur due to any quarantine violation.
Councilor Maumoon told news outlet Sun the first cases were identified on December 24, when two people under home quarantine tested positive, including a four-month child.
Since then, there have been 10 confirmed cases on the island. The is council expecting the number of positive cases to go up, as several more showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 have been reported.
Dhevvadhoo Council has advised all residents to take precautionary measures and stay home, and to adhere to the instructions of the health authorities.