Covid-19: Confirmed cases in Maldives surpasses 5000

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Malé, Maldives — Confirmed cases in Maldives surpasses 5000 after HPA confirmed additional 143 Covid-19 cases.

HPA disclosed that, between 6pm of August 8 and 6pm of August 9, additional 143 cases were confirmed for the virus in Maldives. They are:

  • 107 Maldivian nationals
  • 28 Bangladeshi nationals
  • 06 Indian nationals
  • 02 Nepalese nationals

While 140 cases of the 143 cases were found from the greater Male’ region, the remaining 03 were identified from the atolls of Maldives.

With these 143 cases that were confirmed over the past 24 hours, Maldives now has a total of 5,041 confirmed Covid-19 cases, increased by a 1,000 in less than a month. Currently among these cases, there are 2,218 active cases present in the Maldives.

Easing the lock-down measures in the Capital of Maldives, Malé city, has contributed a lot in increasing the number of confirmed cases in Maldives, contributing to over 90% of total cases.

Infact, the health authorities has warned of a wide community spread relating to the increase of the number of cases that are not linked to the existing clusters.

Previously the majority of the confirmed cases were of foreign nationals. However, since the lock-down easement on the capital city Malé, it has contributed a lot in increasing the number of confirmed cases for Maldivian nationals having the majority of the cases as well.

The islands and resorts that have active cases outside of the Malé city according to HPA are:

  • H. A. Kelaa
  • H. A. Ihavanandhoo
  • H. A. Filladhoo
  • H. Dh. Naivandhoo
  • B. Kamadhoo
  • B. Kudarikilu
  • R. Inguraidhoo
  • R. Hulhudhufaaru
  • Lh. Hinnavaru
  • K. Maafushi
  • V. Fulidhoo
  • Fuvahmulah City
  • Addu City – Hithadhoo

While 143 people tested positive for the virus today, only 13 people have completely recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours. Along with these 13 recoveries, a total of 2,804 people have completely recovered from the virus in Maldives. The recovery rate of Maldives has decreased from 86% to 55% since the lock-down easement.

Up to date, 19 have passed away from Covid-19 in Maldives. The deceased are 14 elderly Maldivian nationals, 4 Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino national.

Currently there are 1,478 people in the isolation facilities of Maldives and 140 people are hospitalized due to the virus.

The government has made it mandatory – rather than a recommendation – for the public to wear masks in all atolls of Maldives, when going out due to the surge in confirmed cases.