Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH), on Saturday, began conducting random surveillance sampling across Addu City.
According to the hospital, over 200 samples are being collected between Saturday and Sunday in order to ascertain a community spread of the virus in the southernmost atoll.
Till date, Addu has solely recorded imported cases and direct contacts of such individuals.
Since establishing COVID-19 diagnostic capabilities, AEH has tested over 1,200 samples taken from those under home quarantine.
According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), community spread of the virus has so far been detected in the Greater Male' Region and Hoandeddhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. However, active virus cases are currently present in 20 inhabited islands as well as 24 resorts across the archipelago.
The island nation currently records a total of 10,045 virus cases of which 1,250 are active cases, in addition to 8,754 recoveries and 34 deaths
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 86.6 percent.
Despite the sustained increase, 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”.