The Addu City Council on Saturday afternoon, placed the city under a 14-day lockdown period, after a 43-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19.
However, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced late Saturday that authorities initially recorded a false positive and the individual was later confirmed negative on a secondary test.
At present, the status of the lockdown remains unclear, as restrictive measures are imposed by the government once an island identifies community spread of the virus. The council is yet to revoke the decision.
HPA further confirmed that an individual transferred from Addu Equatorial Hospital to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) had tested negative for the virus. The authorities initially reported a false positive earlier on Saturday.
Presently records 790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 758 active cases and 3 deaths.
Maldives’ capital Malé, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 since it recorded its first local transmission of the virus on April 15, involving a Maldivian woman that sought assistance from a flu clinic in Malé after developing symptoms for the virus.
The country recorded its first COVID-19 related death, of an 83-year-old local female, on April 29. Since, two more individuals, a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man and a local 80-year-old man have succumbed to COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 4.1 million people and claimed over 280,451 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 1.44 million people have recovered.