Possible community spread in Addu City, please remain at home: Mayor Sodiq

Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq | Photo: adduLIVE

Addu City, Maldives — Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq has advised the citizens in Addu City to remain at home as there is a possibility of a community spread in the city.

Mayor Sodiq stated that while 7 Covid-19 cases have already been confirmed in Addu City, all of these individuals have had multiple close contacts throughout the city. This is why, he stated that there is a high chance of having a community spread in the city.

Mayor Sodiq noted that 6 individuals of the Aviation Security Command training who consulted to the flu clinic in Hithadhoo had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and that so far, they have collected the samples of 46 people who attended the training. As the possibility of these samples also testing positive for Covid-19 is high, Mayor Sodiq instructed the people to remain at home.

He instructed all citizens to remain at home unless it is necessary to go out and to properly adhere to the guidelines given by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) while they are outside of their houses. Mayor Sodiq also instructed the people to not gather at crowded place and to avoid going to the cafes and restaurants as much as possible.

Mayor Sodiq told everyone to work together on overcoming the situation the city is currently facing and to help the authorities with the contact tracing.

The citizens of Addu City had earlier also set an example for all the Maldivians. This is another chance to work together on overcoming this.

Mayor Sodiq

Mayor Sodiq advised all citizens to remain at home and to not panic. He instructed the citizens to immediately call the SSD numbers of the respective islands if they are symptomatic for the Covid-19 virus. The SSD numbers for Addu Atoll are:

  • SSD Hithadhoo: 960 7789042
  • SSD Maradhoo: 960 7789043
  • SSD Maradhoofeydhoo: 960 7789045
  • SSD Feydhoo: 960 7789044
  • SSD Hulhudhoo: 960 7789046
  • SSD Meedhoo: 960 7789041

The first two cases of the Hithadhoo Cluster were dentified from Hithadhoo on Saturday. They were part of a team who arrived from Male’ for an Aviation Security Command training in Addu City. Mayor Sodiq informed that several staff of Gan International Airport partook in the training. This is why, contact tracing has been initiated for all participants.

In addition to this, it has been confirmed that an individual, who traveled from Addu to Thinadhoo has tested positive for Covid-19 and that they were a close contact of the two individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 in Hithadhoo.

Currently, the total confirmed Covid-19 cases related to the Hithadhoo Cluster case has raised to 7 within less than 24 hours.

This cluster comes just a couple of days after a major cluster was discovered in Hulhumeedhoo of the same city, in a Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) site. This comes almost a year after Maldives recorded the first cases of Covid-19, making it a first for the city to have cases test positive from individuals who are not in quarantine.

Addu City is currently under monitoring status along with Thinadhoo as well.