Covid-19 situation escalates in Addu City with positive case recorded in Meedhoo

Hulhudhoo Meedhoo Hospital, Addu City. | Photo: Ibrahim Zuhry

Addu City, Maldives – A positive case has been recorded in Addu City, Meedhoo district bringing the total active cases in the city to 167.

As of 18:00 on Sunday, the Southernmost city of Maldives reported 14 new cases with 10 new positive cases recorded in Maradhoo, 2 in Hithadhoo and one each from Maradhoo Feydhoo and Maradhoo. Of the new cases 2 cases are from random samples.

The joint islands of Addu City were placed under monitoring by Health Protection Agency (HPA) on 28 August with curfew imposed on Saturday amid an increasing number of Covid-19 cases. However, Meedhoo and connecting Hulhudhoo were exempt from the monitoring status.

Addu EOC released a statement detailing the measures to be observed in Addu City effective 30 August 2021, after Health Protection Agency (HPA) placed Addu City’s connected islands, Hithadhoo, Feydhoo, Maradhoo and Maradhoo Feydhoo under monitoring last night.

The Covid-19 safety measures implemented include,

  1. Gatherings including parties to be stopped for 2 weeks, effective Monday.
  2. Schools to be closed for two weeks. Education Ministry may decide to hold classes for grades 9 and above with precautionary measures.
  3. Curfew to be observed from 21:00 to 04:00 starting Sunday, 29 August 2021.
  4. Food establishments to be open for dine in services until 21:00 and must provide delivery services only until 00:00.
  5. Shops to be open for customers until 21:00 and must provide delivery services only until 22:00.

Effective 30 August 2021, passengers departing Addu City must get approval from Addu EOC and carry a negative PCR test. Travellers may receive a free PCR test from Addu Equatorial Hospital.