Hithadhoo Cluster: Hoadedhdhoo and Thinadhoo at risk

Ariel view of Hoandedhdhoo. | Photo: Facebook

Addu City, Maldives — Fear of the Hithadhoo Cluster reaching Hoadedhdhoo and Thinadhoo is high as citizens of these two islands have also attended the Aviation Security Command training that was held in Addu City.

While the first two cases of the Hithadhoo Cluster were identified from Hithadhoo on Saturday. They were part of a team who arrived from Male’ for an Aviation Security Command training in Addu City.

So far, a total of 15 people related to this cluster case have tested positive for Covid-19 within just a day with 44 contacts traced from Hithadhoo.

This Cluster has not only spread across the districts in Addu City, but to GDh. Thinadhoo and currently, the authorities suspect that GDh. Hoandedhdhoo is at risk as well according to local news.

HEOC has already 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.

The Health Centre of Hoadedhdhoo recently released a statement informing that they have quarantined five individuals from Hoadedhdhoo as they were direct contacts of the individual who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Thinadhoo. The Centre informed that efforts are currently ongoing in tracing additional close contacts to test them for the virus.

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. Mayor Sodiq noted that they have so far found 50 primary contacts of the Hithadhoo Cluster and that contact tracing is still ongoing in the city.

A community spread is likely to happen.

Mayor Sodiq stated.

According to Mayor Sodiq, they have taken strict precautionary measures in the islands of Addu City to protect the citizens against the Covid-19 virus. Along with this, he informed that the authorities are preparing for an additional facility specialized for Covid-19 patients.

Although Addu City is currently under monitoring status, the situation of the islands are at a normal rate. Along with Addu City, the neighboring island GDh. Thinadhoo has also been placed under monitoring status due to the Hithadhoo Cluster.