Malé, Maldives – The Health Protections Agency (HPA) has informed that Maldives has confirmed additional 99 Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours.
82 of the confirmed 99 cases were recorded from the greater Malé area, 05 from the islands and the remaining 12 cases from the operational resorts.
With these 99 confirmed cases, Maldives now has a total 1,833 active cases, summing up the confirmed positive cases to date to a total of 16,056.
While the recovery case had initially increased rapidly from less than 60 percent to 94 percent, it has now gradually decreased to 88 percent over the past few weeks. This takes the total recovery cases to 14,263 cases to date.
To date, 52 people have passed away from Covid-19 in Maldives. The deceased are 45 Maldivian nationals, 6 Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino national.
Over the past week there has been a surge in the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maldives. The spokesperson of Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeg informed that Maldives is currently facing the third wave of Covid-19.
Along with the surge in the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases, HEOC revealed that the new Covid-19 variant has also been found in the country.
Experts say that the new variant is the cause for the sudden escalation of cases in the Malé city and the same variant has been confirmed in the atolls. It is highly contagious and has a more severe impact on the infected person.
With this, the HEOC has has imposed several restrictions in the country to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the new Covid-19 variant. This includes of mandating masks throughout the country, a curfew from 8:30PM in the capital Male’ city, along with a restriction going outside from 11PM to 4:30AM, for 14 days.
In addition to this, all preschools have been ordered to close immediately with universities having to conduct online classes for the upcoming two weeks. Along with this, all sports activities in the Male’ area has also been prohibited until further notice.