Random sampling ongoing in Kulhudhuffushi City

Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital has revealed that a large number of random samples will be taken over the course of 48 hours to determine the extent of community spread of COVID-19 in the city.

The only city besides capital Male’ which has a community spread of COVID-19 is Kulhudhuffushi City. A large number of police officers stationed at the city as well as several people completing home quarantine had tested positive for the virus. Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital said the cooperation of the public is necessary in its efforts to determine the extent of transmission.

18 police officers had traveled to the city and some other northern islands from the capital earlier on September 23. The positive cases started emerging in Kulhudhuffushi from then on. The first police officer with COVID-19 was identified on October 6, and a second case was identified the next day. Two additional officers tested positive on the third day.

A police officer linked to the cluster tested positive from Sh. Foakaidhoo later on October 8, and an additional case was identified in Dhidhdhoo island on October 10. Five additional cases were registered in Kulhudhuffushi on October 15 and 16.