15 health professionals have been placed in isolation in Manadhoo island of Noonu atoll.
Speaking at the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC)'s daily press conference on Sunday, Spokesperson of NEOC, Mabrook Azeez said the 15 individuals were placed in isolation as they had come in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
'15 health care frontliners in Manadhoo were identified as primary contacts through contact tracing, and have now been instructed to stay in isolation. The step was taken as a health precaution. A patient who did not exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 was transferred to Male' from Manadhoo. However, she tested positive for the virus. Therefore, we are identifying and isolating all persons who had come in contact with her,' said Mabrook.
Earlier this week, an 80 year old woman from Manadhoo island tested positive for COVID-19. The woman sought treatment at state-run IGMH due to a severe stomach ache, and had not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19. However, her sample tested positive after IGMH tested her for COVID-19. The result was received after the patient had already returned to the guest house she was staying at following treatment at IGMH for other complaints.
Manadhoo island is currently on monitoring status.