Addu City Council temporarily halt services

Hankede Bridge, Addu City | Photo: AdduLIVE

Addu City, Maldives — The services provided by the Addu City Councils and the island councils have been temporarily halted due to Covid-19.

The City Council had earlier informed that the decision to temporarily halt the work was due to the monitering status placed on the city by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and because there is a high chance of having a community spread in Addu.

Although the services of the Council has come to a stop, the Council assured that the Addu Emergency Operations Center and the services from Social Support Desks will be available 24/7.

HPA placed Addu City on monitering status on May 1st after the authorities confirmed of a suspected community spread. Since then, a total of 201 Covid-19 case have been confirmed in Addu City.

While Addu City recorded 38 recoveries on May 22, the total number of active cases has decreased to 163. From the total positive cases remaining in the city, 514 direct contacts have been identified so far.

While 38 people have recovered, 06 people are still hospitalized. It was revealed by AEH previously on a press conference by Addu Emergency Operations Center (AEOC) that one of the patients health was deteriorating and the person has been put on ventilator.

From the statistics revealed by AEH, there are total 92 cases from Hithadhoo, 06 cases from Maradhoo, 01 case from MaradhooFeydhoo, 12 cases from Feydhoo, 41 cases from Hulhudhoo, 09 cases from Meedhoo and 01 case from South Palm Resort which are currently active. 

While the new Addu City Council has pledged to place additional restrictions in the city, Health Protection Agency (HPA) has extended the curfew imposed in the city from 16:00 to 04:00 for a week starting from May 26, 2021. 

During curfew times, going out in public and the operation of any vehicles on the road is prohibited. 

In addition to this, travel within islands of Addu City have also been banned and also visiting from house to house have also been banned in Addu City until May 26, 2021. 

Further restrictions imposed 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 region.

In addition to these, dine-ins and operations of roadside food stalls, gyms and hair saloons has also been suspended, with only delivery allowed for restaurants and cafés. However, shops will be open as per the Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines during this time and only take away services from restaurants to be provided before curfew times.