Covid-19: New Cluster detected in Fuvahmulah

Fuvahmulah Thundi is a famous beach covered with pebble like sand which is found only in Fuvahmulah, Maldives | Photo: Fuvahmulah

Fuvahmulah City, Maldives – A new cluster, unrelated to the previous confirmed cases has been detected in Fuvahmulah City.

While speaking at the press conference last night, the spokesperson of Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeg informed that the new cluster was found in the Fuvahmulah City when contacts of the new cluster started testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.

New case that are unlinked to the present active cases and clusters have been found.

Dr. Nazla stated.

Dr. Nazla informed that the new cluster case has several contacts and that yesterday, six people from this cluster tested positive for Covid-19 in Fuvamulah.

Apart from the new cluster, the city has already been dealing with two major clusters 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.

The two clusters found in the city has till date confirmed over 36 Covid-19 cases. Out of these, the Fuvahmulah Emergency Operations Center (FEOC), there are upto 45 high risk people. 

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

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.