Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed , that over 870 contacts were identified for the patients who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Total of 19 cases on Tuesday alone, out of which 10 were locals and seven were expatriate workers.
Speaking at the press conference Dr Ibrahim Afzal stated that HPA had identified over 180 contacts, in addition to two hubs, in the ongoing ‘contact tracing’ process .
HPA traced eight links connected to MAV068, 41 links connected to MAV069, and 34 links connected to MAV070, MAV071 and MAV072. MAV069 is an officer from Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), so Dr Afzal speculated that most of his contacts will be military personnel.
Four individuals were traced from MAV037, who traveled on a speedboat, while HPA confirmed that two out of the three contacts of MAV074 and MAV075 tested positive.
The two contact hubs are linked to MAV076, MAV077 and MAV078.
14 contacts were traced from MAV080, who is connected to the employee from Bank of Ceylon (MAV035).
MAV081 has 20 identified contacts, MAV083 has 15 identified contacts and MAV084 has four identified contacts.
The first community transmission case was detected on April 15, after authorities made the decision to increase testing at the flu clinics. 19 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed over the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases in the Male’ region to 66. As of now, Maldives records 86 confirmed cases .