Addu City, Hithadoo placed in lockdown due to virus case

Hithadhoo, Addu City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Hithadhoo ward of the second most populated urban area and city in the Maldives, Addu City has been placed under lockdown and monitoring mechanisms due to a COVID-19 case identified.

Addu City Mayor Abdulla Sodhiq was informed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today that the island of Hithadhoo would be placed under monitoring mechanisms due to the virus case.

The positive case from Hithadhoo was identified today. The individual is a Bangladeshi national working in the Addu High School construction site. The worker tested positive after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Treatment and testing for the virus in Addu City are conducted at the Addu Equatorial Hospital.

The monitoring mechanism order means that residents would not be allowed to leave the ward. No one will also be permitted entry to the ward unless granted by the HPA. The monitoring order is granted to the Director-General of Public Health under the public health safety laws of the country.

The order requested everyone to adhere to the instructions of the authorities during the period. Hithadhoo is believed to be the most populated ward of Addu City, which also includes Maradhoo-Feydhoo, Feydhoo, and Maradhoo, which are all interconnected. The remaining inhabited islands of the City, although geographically separate from the previously mentioned islands, Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo are also connected with each other.

A COVID-19 case was also identified in the Feydhoo ward of the city last night. The case was confirmed as a police officer in quarantine. Six other officers were identified in contact tracing efforts conducted due to the case, according to a Council member.