Three people - including a person who went to a flu clinic - have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kulhudhuffushi City, prompting health authorities to place the city under monitoring.
The three confirmed cases in Kulhudhuffushi belong to the same family. The first to test positive was a person who presented to the flu clinic in the city with symptoms, and the two more were direct contacts.
With the confirmation of the cases, Health Protection Agency (HPA) has placed Kulhudhuffushi under monitoring – suspending all travel in and out of the city.
Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital states that contact tracing has been initiated, and more people linked with the confirmed cases are being tested.
Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital advises residents of the city to take precautionary measures.
Maldives has experienced a surge in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks – both in the capital and in residential islands outside the capital. 402 new cases were recorded on Saturday, following 465 new cases were recorded on Friday – the highest single-day spike the country has recorded to date.
HPA has imposed a ban on non-essential domestic travel to curb the surge.