Additional Covid-19 case in Fuvahmulah!

The island of Fuvahmulah in Maldives. It is one of the biggest islands in the country with many unique environmental features | Photo: Corporate Maldives

Fuvahmulah, Maldives – A person from Addu who is currently in Fuvahmulah has tested positive for Covid-19.

According to local news media outlet ‘adduLIVE’, this person was found to be positive after he consulted the local flu clinic following Covid-19 symptoms.

‘adduLIVE’ had reported that this new case has not been confirmed to be related to the ‘aviation cluster’ from Addu, nor the ‘Dubai cluster’ in Fuvahmulah. With this case, the total number of people who have tested positive from Fuvahmulah comes to 14.

This comes after Fuvahmulah Emergency Operations Center revealed that 13 active cases of Covid-19 have been recorded from Fuvahmulah until yesterday.

According to Fuvahmulah EOC, there are two people who are on medication for a long term illness, one person above the age of 65 and a child within the positive 11 cases in the in connection to the Dubai cluster of the island. Another two cases have also been recorded from the island when tested prior to their release from travel related quarantines.

Fuvahmulah EOC revealed that the individual who tested positive for Covid-19 from the city during a random sampling has been traced back to have come into contact with an individual who arrived to the city from Dubai, and tested positive for the virus during the mandatory quarantine release testing.

Since then, three more cases have been discovered, also in connection to the cluster, raising the total positive cases in connection to the cluster to 11. One of the two positive cases of Covid-19 which were discovered from Fuvahmulah during random sampling has been declared a false positive.

However, the island remains under monitoring as a local transmission has been established, and contact tracing efforts are ongoing. Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced a curfew from 20:00 to 04:00 in Fuvahmulah City, effective today.

According to HPA, during curfew times, going out in public and the operation of any vehicles on the road is prohibited.

Further restrictions imposed by HPA also stated that going out in groups of more than 3 is also not allowed under the new guidelines, and that when out, masks are always mandatory in the city.