COVID-19: Islands under monitoring jump to 29

Dhaalu Airport is a regional domestic airport located on the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives | Photo: Maldives Magazine

Malé, Maldives – Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) informed today that the number of islands under monitoring for the Covid-19 virus has increased to 29.

This has come at a time when health experts have predicted that while the previous third wave caused by the Delta variant was concentrated to the capital city Malé, the impending fourth wave caused by the Omicron variant will hit nationwide.

While K. Maafushi and HA. Ihavandhoo have been under omitoring since December 2021, majority of the islands except HDh. Nolhivaramfaru were placed under monitoring in rapid succession starting 14 January 2022.

Sh. Funadhoo, B. Dharavandhoo, Dh. Bandidhoo and L. Gan were all placed under monitoring on 14 January 2022. Two days later on 16 January Gdh. Gahdhoo, R. Ungoofaaru and Hdh. Hanimaadhoo were added to the list. Two additional islands, K. Guraidhoo and B. Eydhafushi were placed under monitoring on the 19th while HA. Dhidhdhoo and Th. Guraidhoo were placed on the 21st and 22nd repectively.

Seven islands, B. Goidhoo, Lh. Kurendhoo, Hdh. Kulhudhuffushi, L. Dhanbidhoo, L. Hithadhoo, Sh. Kanditheem, V. Keyodhoo, were placed on monitoring on 22 January 2022.

N. Kudafari and Gdh. Thinadhoo were added on the 23rd while Gdh. Madaveli, Adh. Mahibadhoo, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo, Dh. Hulhudheli implemented the monitoring status on the 24th.

As of today Gdh. Vaadhoo and Sh. Milandhoo are now under monitoring status.

Meanwhile, the total number of new cases recorded as of yesterday were 2,707, with 1,420 cases recorded in the Greater Malé area and 761 in the inhabited islands. 94 cases were recorded from operational resorts and 3 on liveaboards. 52 patients are hospitalized.

While 7,681 samples were tested in 24 hours, 4,273 samples were from the capital city Malé. The capital at present has a positivity rate of 33 percent.