Addu City Council announces directive regarding Hulhumeedhoo monitoring status

Aerial view of S.Hulhumeedhoo | Photo: Hawwa Amaany Abdulla

Addu City, Maldives – Addu City Council has published a directive following Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo being placed under monitoring, after four cases of Covid-19 were identified from the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) site located in Hulhudhoo.

As per the announcement, all travel to and from the island has been banned until further notice, including setting out for fishing from the two districts of the city. Any essential travel, must also be authorized in writing by the Social Support Desk (SSD) of Hulhumeedhoo. It further read that during this time, weighing fish from the Addu Fisheries Complex will also be suspended until instructed otherwise.

Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo, collectively sometimes called Hulhumeedhoo, were placed under monitoring status on Thursday, after four individuals who were not in quarantine tested positive from the MTCC site. This comes one week after two positive cases were recorded from the same site, however, from quarantine. According to the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC), no contacts were established at the time, as per the information received by authorities. However, now that four new cases have been identified, contact tracing and sampling is on going in the districts to determine the scale of the spread.

While many cases have been recorded from various districts of Addu City since Maldives was affected by Covid-19, this is the first time that cases have been found from individuals who were not in quarantine at the time of testing positive.