HPA: Not considering measures despite increase in cases

Random sample collection in Greater Male' region. (Sun Photo / Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Tuesday stated that despite the number of Covid-19 cases slowly rising after a while, there are no plans to take action as of now.

In an announcement made by HPA on Monday, June 13, the agency said that their statistics show that the number of cases of Covid-19 has been increasing recently.

Speaking to Sun regarding this, an official from HPA said that as there is no public health emergency at the moment, they were not planning any to take any action.

The official also stated that for now, they will be working on strengthening their data, and would continue to monitor the situation.

“Releasing a public advisory in advance was intended to alert the increase [in the number of cases], and for [the public] to take precautionary measures.”

HPA has said that case numbers can be lowered ahead of the upcoming school holidays even, but for that people need to take steps for self-protection.

The authority urged to be more vigilant in hygiene and wearing masks. They also advised those who completed both doses to get the booster dose and those who are 12 newly 12 years old to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Last week a total of 142 cases were recorded. As per HPA, this is a 60 percent increase compared to the figures from previous weeks.

In addition to this, sample positivity rates and the number of people getting admitted to hospitals for treatment are also on the raise.

Therefore, HPA has to isolate and test should one be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 –  in order to ensure that the situation does not deteriorate further. The authority also advised wearing masks if showing symptoms of the disease and in crowded places.

HPA has instructed individuals testing positive for COVID-19 to provide the authority with contact tracing information. They also urged those who have not completed the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccination to get vaccinated at the earliest.