Random sample of elderly person tests positive for COVID-19

National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has revealed that an elderly person whose samples was collected for random testing has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) began collecting random samples to identify the extent of spread of the virus within vulnerable groups.

In a news brief held by NEOC on Saturday, Dr Nazla Rafeeq said efforts are underway to identify the extent of the spread of the virus within high-risk groups. The sample of an elderly person which was collected under the efforts tested positive for the virus, she revealed.

Dr. Nazla said the agency has not been receiving much cooperation in collecting samples of the elderly, however, it is extremely important to test the elderly as they are a high-risk group. The Maldives have recorded four COVID-19 fatalities thus far, out of which three were elderly people.