Omicron cases confirmed at Maafushi, Kudahuvadhoo

Aerial view of Maafushi | Photo: Phaisal Photos

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) today confirmed a local spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant with cases reported from Dh. Kudahuvadhoo, K. Maafushi and capital city Malé.

The Spokesperson of Health Emergency Operation Centre Dr. Nazla Rafeeq stated today that 7 Maldivians have tested positive for the Omicron variant this week while one tested positive last week.

While four cases were recorded from Malé, three were recorded from Maafushi and one from Kudahuvadhoo. In addition 19 tourists have also tested positive for the newly classified Omicron variant.

The authorities are also bracing for impact as health experts forecast an impending Omicron related Covid-19 wave to peak towards the end of January or beginning of February. Authorities expect Omicron cases to surpass the Delta variant in the upcoming days.

The government is looking to control the Covid-19 surge with minimal disruption to businesses, offices and schools.

HPA urged residents to remain vigilant with precautionary measures to overcome the upcoming Omicron surge.