COVID-19: Maldives records 65 new cases in 24 hours

A man looks out his balcony during curfew hours in Male' City on April 2, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced 65 additional cases of COVID-19, increasing confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Maldives to 14,830. The new cases mean that the Maldives currently has 1,042. active cases.

HPA stated that from the new cases, 38 cases were confirmed from the greater Male’ region, one case from residential islands outside Male’, and 26 cases from operational resorts.

The agency also added that 48 additional COVID-19 patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 13,731. There are 50 patients in hospitals.

379,612 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for COVID-19 to date.

Caseload over the week

January 22: 65 cases

January 21: 53 cases

January 20: 79 cases

January 19: 51 cases 

January 18: 69 cases

January 17: 51 cases

January 16: 87 cases

A total of 50 COVID-19 patients have died from complications with the latest death reported today.

The Maldives first confirmed a case of the virus in March 2020. The first case in the congested capital Male' City was detected in April. Around two waves of the virus hit the nation in 2020, with the main epicenter being the capital.

The Maldives has officially received the first batch of vaccines against the virus. Health authorities in the nation expect inoculations to commence in the near future.