Covid-19: Active cases in atolls surges to 833!

Felivaru island, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives | Photo: Arshad

Malé, Maldives – Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) has revealed that there has been a surge in the number of active Covid-19 cases present in the atolls of Maldives with 833 active cases at present.

The statistics released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) shows that active cases are currently present in 58 islands of Maldives and that there are a total of 833 active cases present in these islands. This is the highest amount of cases recorded from the atolls since the Covid-9 outbreak in Maldives.

Statistics shows that the highest amount of active cases are currently in Lh. Felivaru with the island holding a whooping 245 active Covid-19 cases. They are 109 Maldivians and 136 foreigners. The second highest number of cases were recorded in Naifaru with 141 active cases out of which 125 cases are of Maldivians and 16 of foreigners.

K. Huraa also has active cases above 100 with the island currently having 110 active cases. They are of 91 Maldivians and 19 foreigners. The remaining islands with increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases consist of K. Dhiffushi with 92 cases, Lh. Hinnavaru and Dh. Kudahuvadhoo with 19 cases and N. Lhohi with 13 active cases.

The Head of the Atoll Preparedness team, Abdullah Mauroof noted that this is the first time the number of active Covid-19 cases has increased by such a great extend in the atolls of Maldives since the virus outbreak took place in Maldives.

Following the surge in the number of cases, the protective measures in the atolls have also been stricken by HPA with the residents not being allowed to travel from one island to another unless in emergency situation. HPA has also forbidden events/ceremonies along with gathering of more than three people at once place as well.

In addition to this, HPA has also ordered the gyms, salons and hair salons to stop immediately with no sports activities to proceed until further notice.