Hulhumeedhoo citizens protest against MTCC over Covid-19 outbreak

Hulhudhoo Harbor Project | Photo: MTCC

Addu City, Maldives – Citizens of Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo, collectively known as Hulhumeedhoo, have started protesting last night against MTCC management saying that the current cases of Covid-19 in the island are due to the negligence of the company management.

Hulhumeedhoo citizens protested outside Hulhudhoo Office last night, saying that the citizens of the island are currently having to live in such a state of fear, solely due to the irresponsibility of the management of MTCC. They noted that the company assured that the previous positive cases from the site had no contact with the outside while in quarantine.

MTCC management has to take responsibility. This fear was brought upon us by them. They need to be removed from the island at once.

Hulhumeedhoo protester

The protesters have also called out to remove those who tested positive for the virus from the island and transfer them to a quarantine facility. They also urged the police to investigate the matter and noted that this state was brought upon the island by MTCC management.

Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo islands were placed under monitoring status on Thursday, after four individuals from the MTCC site tested positive for Covid-19. This comes one week after two positive cases were recorded from the same site, however, from quarantine. The Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq confirmed that so far, 18 samples have come back positive from the 56 samples collected from the MTCC site in Hulhudhoo in a tweet yesterday.

According to the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC), no contacts were established at the time, as per the information received by authorities. However, after four new cases have been identified, contact tracing and sampling was being conducted in the districts to determine the scale of the spread.

While many cases have been recorded from various districts of Addu City since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in the Maldives, this is the first incident of positive cases outside of quarantine found in Addu city.