Random sampling to be done in Hulhumeedhoo

Aerial view of Hulhumeedhoo | Photo: Avas

Addu City, Maldives – Addu City Mayor, Abdulla Sodiq has said that random sampling will be carried out in Hulhumeedhoo tomorrow.

Mayor Sodiq said that random sampling will be carried out within the two islands to check if the virus had spread within the community. Mayor also added that samples would be taken from anyone who was a direct contact of the people who tested positive.

This comes after 18 people tested positive for Covid-19 virus from the 56 samples collected from the MTCC site in Hulhudhoo. 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.