The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has lifted the monitoring status from Nolhivaram island in Haa Dhaalu atoll.
Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC)’s spokesperson, Dr. Nazla Rafeeq revealed a Covid-19 press briefing on Monday night, shortly after the measures are to have been lifted from the island.
Monitoring measures were placed on the island on September 25.
Monitoring status has been lifted from Kulhudhuffushi island in Haa Dhaalu atoll as well; the island was also placed under monitoring on September 25, after a captain of a boat which travels between the island and capital tested positive for the infection.
The measures were lifted from both islands after required contact tracing procedures were completed.
With monitoring measures being lifted from Nolhivaram and Kulhudhuffushi, only Hoandehdhoo island in Gaafu Dhaalu island remains under monitoring; 45 Covid-19 cases have been detected from the island with over 200 contacts identified.
There are currently 38 active Covid-19 cases in outlying islands, 33 locals and five foreigners.
While most of the Covid-19 cases from the island nation were detected from the capital region, there was an increase in cases confirmed from outlying islands recently. However, most of the cases detected from the islands were individuals under home quarantine; those that travel to islands from the capital are required to home quarantine for a 14-day period, and are only released after testing negative for Covid-19. This is part of the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19, especially in island communities.