The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has instructed those who visited other islands from Dhevvadhoo island after 30th November 2020 to report the matter to authorities.
HPA in an announcement issued on Saturday night said any persons who traveled outside Dhevvadhoo are to inform the nearest hospital or health center at the earliest. Anyone who visited other islands from Dhevvadhoo are to remain in quarantine until their COVID-19 samples are collected, and negative test results are received. Those who visited the capital Male’ from Dhevvadhoo are to present themselves to Male’ Hiyaa Flu Clinic, Hulhumale’ Flu Clinic or Villimale’ Flu Clinic to get their samples collected.
HPA has asked those who traveled from Dhevvadhoo from December 25 until now to get themselves tested, and to remain in quarantine for 14 days from the date of traveling. Those who traveled from Dhevvadhoo have been advised not to attend school or work before a negative test result is received.
HPA’s announcement comes while four people who traveled from Dhevvadhoo to Laamu Fonadhoo tested positive for COVID-19. Fonadhoo and Gan island of Laamu atoll have been put on HPA monitoring in relation to the case. They traveled to Fonadhoo on December 27.
Dhevvadhoo has ten active cases of COVID-19. The first person to test positive from the island was a person in home quarantine. The person tested positive on December 24th. However, the virus spread in the island after the person was prematurely released from quarantine after he had completed his quarantine, based on incorrect information. While a four month old baby tested positive after that, a person who had been in direct contact with the baby tested positive on January 4th. Since then, six other cases have been identified from the island. Dhevvadhoo is also under HPA’s monitoring status.