Covid-19: Total 50 recovered from Addu

Random sampling being carried out in Addu City | Photo: The Times of Addu

Addu City, Maldives – Addu Emergency Operations Center (AEOC) has reported that a total of 50 people have recovered from Covid-19 in Addu until today.

According to AEOC, until 18:00 today, only one additional positive cases was recorded from Meedhoo and 3 recoveries were recorded. With the additional 3 recoveries, total active cases have also dropped to 38 in Addu City.

HEOC also revealed that there are a total of 471 direct contacts from these 88 positive cases recorded so far in Addu City and that 125 buildings have been placed under quarantine. From the positive cases, four people are being treated at the Covid Facility of Addu. 

Protective measures against Covid-19 imposed in Hulhumeedhoo of Addu City were further strengthened due to the rise in number of Covid-19 cases while restrictions on the remaining islands were eased on February 24, 2021.

The Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru has announced that from 24th February onwards for a period of seven days, stricter measures will be imposed in Hulhumeedhoo. These include of:

  • Restriction of parties, events and ceremonies.
  • Curfew from 20:00 till 04:00.
  • Banning people from going from one house to another or one district to another. (Unless for necessary purposes such as medical treatment.)
  • Banning going out in groups of more than 3 and gathering at public spaces.
  • Closing all food cart (Dhivehi: gaadiya) services.
  • To take all precautionary measures in the shops in Addu City and to avoid exceeding the maximum persons capacity in the shops.
  • Closing salons, gyms, and hair salons along with restricting any sport activities.
  • To take all precautionary measures when providing public transport or taxi services.
  • Restricting physical classes in schools, colleges and universities. 
  • Restricting hotel, Cafe and Restaurant services until further noticed. ( Deliver services and takeaway service excluded.)

The strict measures imposed in Hulhumeedhoo comes after three random samples taken from the district tested positive for Covid-19. While contact tracing is ongoing in the city, so far, 10 people from Hulhumeedhoo have tested positive for the virus.

It has been revealed that the individual who tested positive today is among the contacts the person who tested positive after consulting the flu clinic yesterday, and that the sample of this individual was collected due to being symptomatic.

With this, two random clusters have been identified from the district, of which the total adds up to 10, including the first 8 cases found from the first random cluster.