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COVID-19: Six northern islands placed under monitoring

Ahmed Aiham
06 October 2020, MVT 11:27
An aerial view of Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, before the development of the International Airport. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
06 October 2020, MVT 11:27

Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC), on Monday, revealed that six northern islands were placed under monitoring status after an individual tested positive for COVID-19 from Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll.

Speaking at a press conference held by HEOC, Spokesperson Dr Nazla Rafeeq stated that monitoring measures were enacted on Kurinmbi in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Baarah, Hoarafushi and Dhidhoo in Haa Alif Atoll, and Funadhoo in Shaviyani Atoll.

According to Dr Nazla, the measures were taken after an office of Maldives Police Service stationed in Kulhudhuffushi tested positive, adding that contact tracing efforts were underway.

In addition to the Greater Male' Region, active virus cases are currently present in 20 inhabited islands as well as 20 resorts across the archipelago.

Maldives currently records a total of 10,567 virus cases of which 1,099 are active cases, in addition to 9,427 recoveries and 34 deaths.

During last month, authorities tightened the safety measures implemented in the Greater Male' region, following an alarming upsurge of COVID-19 cases after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions.

After a long period of recording over 100 daily cases, the numbers have fallen to two-digits during the most part of September. Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to 89. 2 percent.

Despite the sustained decrease in virus cases, HPA has renewed calls for citizens to adhere to protective measures to contain the spread of the virus, cautioning against a public sentiment that the outbreak has been “controlled”.