Woman, child quarantined in Maafushi test positive for coronavirus

K. Maafushi. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

A woman and child in home quarantine in K. Maafushi after travelling from Male’ City have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Maafushi Council vice president Nasheeda Adam told Sun that Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed the test results of two people tested from the island as positive on Friday night.

Nasheeda identified the two positive cases as a woman and a child. They bear no relation and were quarantined in two separate homes, she said.

The woman and child travelled to Maafushi from Male’ City – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Maldives – approximately 15 days ago.

HPA requires all those who travel from Male’ City to residential islands to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine and testing clearing them of the new coronavirus before they are allowed to mingle with the local population.

Several people who have travelled to residential islands from Male’ – which is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases with the relaxation of the lockdown – have tested positive in recent days. New cases were found in V. Fulidhoo and Lh. Hinnavaru last Friday.

Maldives now has 3,793 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 74 new cases recorded on Friday. 2,607 patients have since recovered, while 16 have died from complications.