BREAKING: 16 new cases in Hithadhoo!

Aerial view of Hithadhoo, Addu City | Photo: The Times of Addu

Addu City, Maldives – Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) on has revealed that sixteen new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Addu City today. 

All the new cases were from the Hithadhoo district, four from random samples taken from the same household, two from the flu clinic and ten from direct contact samples. All of the new cases were locals.

With todays cases the total number of positive cases recorded in Addu City reached 419, out of which 112 cases remain active. Contact tacing efforts have identified, 423 direct contacts related to the postive cases so far.

AEH also revealed that from the active cases, a total of 110 are in Hithadhoo and two cases in Maradhoo.

Till date, 305 patients made full recoveries in Addu City.

The increased cases came from a cluster with over 17 confirmed cases identified in the Hithadhoo district on June 13, 2021. 

Following the identification of this cluster, the Mayor of Addu City, Ali Nizar cautioned the people of Addu against having workers come in for domestic chores during this time, as contact tracing efforts are underway to determine the extent of the spread.

Mayor Nizar announced a full lockdown on Hithadhoo district of Addu City from June 17, due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation.

During a press conference being held on June 15 by Addu Emergency Operations Center (AEOC), Mayor Nizar stated that in addition to the lockdown imposed on Hithadhoo, curfew in the ward was extended from 1600hrs till 0800hrs as well. 

Two permits were granted to each household for basic necessities. Sub Inspector of Police Yoosuf Looth noted that permits would be issued from the Police portal. and that the electricity meter number would be required to obtain the pass.