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Covid-19: Three islands locked down in connection to Savaaree Boat cluster

  • 10 cases were reported from outlying atolls on Thursday
  • Nine were from Kelaa island
  • The captain of the boat showed symptoms when the boat set off from the capital

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Nolhivaranfaru island in Haa Dhaal atoll, Vashafaru and Dhidhdhoo islands in Haa Alif atoll have been placed under lockdown as contact tracing is conducted in connection to the Savaaree Boat cluster.

A positive case was discovered from the Haa Alif Kelaa island’s boat on July 28 and the boat is to have traveled to all three islands, revealed the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC).

Nine additional cases were discovered from Kelaa island, in connection to the positive case from the Savaaree Boat.

Savaaree returned to Kelaa island on July 24, after having waited in Maldives capital Malé City for about a week.

The captain of the boat was the first to have tested positive and he is to have exhibited symptoms when the boat set off from the capital.

Work is currently underway to conduct further tests as contact tracing is also conducted.

Asides from Narudhoo island in Shaviyani atoll, the most number of cases have been reported from Kelaa island thus far.

Earlier, 11 Covid-19 cases were discovered from Narudhoo island in connection to the “Amaaz Boat” cluster.

Another case that surfaced from an outlying atoll was from Kamadhoo island in Baa atoll where an individual tested positive right before being released from quarantine.

The islands currently under monitoring are;

  1. Kelaa island in Haa Alif atoll,
  2. Inguraidhoo island in Raa atoll,
  3. Eydhafushi island in Baa atoll,
  4. Kurendhoo island in Lhaviyani atoll,
  5. Maafushi island in Kaafu atoll,
  6. Kamadhoo island in Baa atoll and
  7. Seaside Finolhu is Baa atoll.

A record number of Covid-19 cases was confirmed in the Maldives on Thursday, 152.

The Covid-19 tally in the island nation is currently at 3,719.

Last updated at: 4 days ago | Reviewed by: Aman Haleem

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