Fuvahmulah City: Additional 4 cases, positive toll at 27

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 City, Maldives – Four additional cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Fuvahmulah City taking the total positive toll in the city to 27 within a few weeks.

The Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) informed last night that they have found additional four Covid-19 cases from Fuvahmulah City taking the total to 27.

While there are two clusters currently in Fuvahmulah city with one cluster being connected to an individual who was in quarantine after arriving to the city from Dubai and the other cluster being identified when two individuals consulted the flu clinic in the city, HEOC did not clarify which cluster the four newly confirmed cases belong to.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that as the number of Covid-19 cases are increasing at a rapid rate, they have imposed a curfew in Fuvahmulah City from 20:00 till 04:00 starting from February 13th.

Along with this, the residents of Fuvahmulah city are forbidden to go from one house to another and to also travel from one district to another in the city until further notice.

The agency has also instructed 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 region. Parties, events and ceremonies are also forbidden in the island due to Covid-19 in addition to immediate closure of salons, gyms, hair salons and sport activities as well.

According to the Fuvahmulah Emergency Operations Center (FEOC), there are 45 high risk people and 12 people with symptoms among the 27 confirmed cases. As of February 17th, there were 95 pending samples awaiting results in the city.

Since the first Covid-19 positive case out of quarantine, the single island city has been placed under monitoring, with strict movement restrictions until all contacts are identified, quarantined and tested.