COVID-19: Additional 67 positive cases confirmed in Maldives

Rapid Response Teams (RRT) operate in the streets of Male' City to conduct COVID-19 tests | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives – HPA has announced that an additional 67 individuals have tested for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

These 67 individuals consist of 43 Maldivians, 14 Bangladeshis, 6 Indians, 3 Indonesians and one American. With the 67 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, the total of confirmed positive cases is at 3,369. Recently there has been a drastic increase in the number of positive cases after the measures taken against the virus was eased. Also, the number of Maldivians who are testing positive for the virus has also increased compared to foreign national majority who tested positive before.

An American tourist who came to Maldives after the boarder opened is also among those who tested positive today. He is currently isolated at Chavel Blanc Randheli and his contact tracing has been initiated by HPA.

Minister of Health, Mr. Ameen Abdullah also raised his concerns about the current increase in positive cases in the country during the ceremony held last Saturday to inaugurate the Covid-19 treatment centers in three parts of the country and has told that a review on the policies would be undertaken soon. In addition to this he also requested the public not to travel during the Eid holidays this coming weekend.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs of Maldives also announced that the Eid al-Adha prayers will not be taking place in the stadium this year in Male’ as the number of cases are on the rise. However, they have said that the prayers would still be allowed in the main mosques of Male’ City, contradicting to their own decision of not encouraging large congregations.