Lockdown on Addu City lifted

The Addu City Equatorial Convention Center (ECC). (File Photo/Corporate Maldives)

A lockdown order issued on the city of Addu, south of Maldives has been lifted.

The lockdown was put in place after a patient from the city tested positive for COVID-19. The patient had been transported to Male' before testing positive for the virus. However, in a turn of events, the patient tested negative from a second virus test.

The lockdown order by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) was issued for a period of 14 days. The agency informed the Council today to repeal the order and measures today, citing a lack of reason to keep the city under such measures.

Addu City is the second most populated area of the Maldives after the capital Male' City. Most of the islands on the atoll are interconnected. The atoll is also home to an international airport making it one of the most developed areas in the country.