H. A. Ihavandhoo Council has announced that a man instructed to complete home quarantine in the island after travelling from Male’ City has gone on the run.
An Ihavandhoo councilor told Sun that the man fled quarantine this Monday, and that the council, the police and the COVID-19 taskforce in the island are looking for him.
The man who fled quarantine had recently travelled from Male’ City – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Maldives.
The Ihavandhoo councilor who spoke to Sun said that the man is a suspected drug addict.
There aren’t any more people in quarantine in the house, added the councilor.
Ihavandhoo has three confirmed coronavirus cases – crew members of two boats on the island.
Ihavandhoo Council has stated that health officials have taken samples from a large number of people identified through contact tracing done on the three patients, and that there are a large number of people in home quarantine in the island after travelling from Male’ City.
Contact tracing done on the last person to test positive, a crew member of the 242 Boat, remains in progress.
Meanwhile, several islands in northern Maldives have been placed under “monitoring” by health officials in connection to the second person who tested positive on the island, the crew member of the Thahth Boat.
Coronavirus cases have surged with the relaxation of the lockdown on Male’ in July. More than 860 people have tested positive over the last one-week period alone.
Maldives has 4,164 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 215 new cases recorded on Sunday – marking the biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases to be recorded in the country. 2,643 patients have since recovered, while 18 have died from complications.
The country currently has 1,489 active cases. 84 of the coronavirus patients are hospitalized.