N. Manadhoo

Nine more tests positive in Manadhoo

Nine more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Noonu Atoll Manadhoo.

Talking to One Online, the Vice President of the Manadhoo Island Council, Hussain Nazeed said that the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that nine of the 34 samples collected from the island tested positive for the illness.

Sources that the people who tested positive are a group of people in home isolation and is still on the island.

The first person to test positive for COVID-19 in Manadhoo was an 80-year-old woman. Offering further details on that case, Dr. Ibrahim Afzal spoke at the NEOC press conference stating that the woman went to a doctor at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) for a stomachache and tested negative on the second sample after the initial sample tested positive. And she tested positive again on the third sample and 15 people were identified and isolated following a contact tracing; all medical personnel.

However, it is unclear whether there are medical personnel among those who were confirmed for COVID-19 today.

Manadhoo has been on a state of monitoring since 1 May 2020 and so it is illegal to disembark or leave the island and go out in public aside for an essential need.