Total 18 people test positive from Hulhumeedhoo

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

Addu City, Maldives – The Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq has confirmed that 18 samples taken from the MTCC site in Hulhumeedhoo have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

The Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq has confirmed that so far, 18 samples have come back positive from the 56 samples collected from the MTCC site in Hulhudhoo.

Mayor Sodiq further revealed that four locals from Meedhoo and one local from Hulhudhoo have been placed under quarantine and that the results of their samples are still pending.

On Thursday, the Hulhumeedhoo Health Center cofirmed that that four expatriates tested positive for Covid-19 from the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) site located in the island.

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.