Maldives entering a third wave of Covid-19 – Dr. Ali

Dr. Mohamed Ali. Physician at National Center for Respiratory Medicine, IGMH | Photo: OneOnline

Male’, Maldives — Physician of Internal Medicine, Dr. Mohamed Ali states that Maldives is currently entering the third wave of Covid-19.

Dr. Ali tweeted last night saying that Maldives has entered the third wave of Covid-19 and advised to not lose hope and for everyone to fight the virus together, instead of blaming each other.

He reminded that citizens to stand together despite having different opinions on certain matters and to focus and work towards a single goal, which is to flatten the curve once again.

The statement from Dr. Ali comes after Maldives confirmed 215 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. While this is a surge in the number of confirmed cases over the past two weeks, with the country recording three digit number of cases, the recovery rate of Maldives has gradually decreased from 94% to 88%.

The Maldives Health Protection Agency (HPA) has also warned that the escalating number of positive cases daily, can overwhelm hospital capacities if not controlled. Dharumavantha Hospital in the capital city Malé reported that the hospital’s ICU was filled to 50% capacity on 29 January 2021.

Till date, Maldives has confirmed 16,056 Covid-19 cases, out of which only 1,807 cases remain active. While 14,190 people have completely recovered from the virus, 52 people have passed away from it.

Healthcare workers in the country are advising the public to register for Covid-19 vaccination under the Dhifaau campaign.

The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program began yesterday, with frontliners and top government officials as the first group vaccinated. HEOC informed that the country vaccinated a total of 282 people on the first day from Male’ city, Addu City and Kuludhuffushi.

Today, Maldives starts vaccination in all the hospitals in the country under the Dhifaau program. The program the aims to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to all the health and social workers in Maldives within a 10 days, and the entire population in 6 months.

The incumbent government has announced that all citizens, along with the expat workers living in Maldives will receive the Covid-19 vaccine at no cost.