Prisoner in Hulhumalé jail tests positive for Covid-19

Samples collected from Maldives Correctional Service officers | Photo: Correctional Service

Hulhumalé, Maldives— The Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) informed that a 56-year-old prisoner in the Hulhumalé jail has tested positive for Covid-19.

The prisoner has been immediately transferred into a quarantine facility from the prison. MCS noted that with the confirmed Covid-19 case, the Hulhumalé jail has been temporarily put on a lockdown to carry out contact tracing.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has increased by a great extent over the past weeks, with the country recording 215 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours. This is the first time in over months the country has recorded 200 plus daily Covid-19 cases.

While Maldives has confirmed 16,056 Covid-19 cases since the outbreak took place in capital Malé city in May, there are currently 1,807 active cases in the country. 14,190 people have made complete recoveries and 52 individuals have passed away from the virus in Maldives.

On the other hand, the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program began yesterday, where frontliners and top government officials were the first group to be vaccinated.