Breaking: Additional 3 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Addu City

Aerial view of Hithadhoo where the residential flats can be seen | Photo: The Times of Addu

Addu City, Maldives — Additional three cases have been recorded in Addu City in connection to the Hithadhoo cluster discovered on Saturday, taking the total confirmed cases in this cluster to 18.

Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq has revealed that three additional cases have been confirmed relating to the Aviation cluster and that the results for multiple samples have not returned yet.

While it has been only two days since the first Covid-19 case from the Hithadhoo Cluster was recorded, 18 people related to this cluster case have tested positive for Covid-19 with 50 primary contacts traced so far.

The Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq has advised the citizens in Addu City to remain at home to contain the spread of Covid-19, with the possibility of a community spread as several citizens are testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.

As a precautionary measure, the Addu City Council has ordered all Restaurants and Cafés in Addu City to temporarily stop dine in service starting from 1600hrs of today as there is a possibility of having a community spread in the city.

In addition to this, Addu Council has set several other restrictions as well. They are:

  • Closing all food cart (Dhivehi: gaadiya) services in Addu City.
  • To take all precautionary measures in the shops in Addu City and to avoid exceeding the maximum persons capacity in the shops.
  • To not gather at public spaces and parks.

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. While over 50 samples were taken from the Hulhumeedhoo Cluster so far, 25 people have tested positive for the virus.

However, the Mayor of Addu City, Abdullah Sodiq has informed that there is less chance of a community spread in Hulhumeedhoo compared to the risk in the joint four islands in Addu City.