Health Emergency Operations Center HEOC has placed Gaafu Alifu Dhevadhoo under monitoring again.

HEOC said that the island was placed under monitoring after a person under quarantine tested positive for COVID-19 and because there were suspicions that the individual had met other people while under quarantine.

HEOC said that the island would be under monitoring until the whole situation is thoroughly assessed.

This is the second time the southern island is placed under monitoring this year as health authorities had placed the island under monitoring in January of this year after a major COVID-19 cluster emerged from the island.

This cluster developed after a person under quarantine who had tested positive for COVID-19 was given a false result initially and released from quarantine.

Authorities confirmed 86 COVID-19 from the cluster including 69 from Dhevadhoo alone and other cases from Villigilli and Dhaandhoo of the same Atoll and Laamu Atoll Fonadhoo as well as Hulhumale'.

The COVID-19 situation in the Maldives remains serious with the Health Protection Agency HPA reporting 186 new cases yesterday.

HPA said that this includes 152 new cases from the Greater Male' Area alone where the illness is rampant and 23 from inhabited islands.