COVID-19: 120 positive cases recorded in the past 24 hours

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

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) announces additional 120 confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.

The 120 in 12 February 2021 is seemingly less than previous day 11 February 2021, however, only 2751 samples were tested as opposed to 4765 the previous day which is alarming.

99 of the confirmed 120 cases were recorded from the greater Malé area, 10 cases from the operational resorts and 08 from the atolls of Maldives with 3 cases recorded from live aboard and the islands under development.

The authorities have revealed that only 23 beds of the total 267 beds in the Covid-19 management facilities established in the the capital city Malé area are now vacant.

With these 120 confirmed cases, Maldives now has a total 2302 active cases, summing up the confirmed positive cases to date to a total of 17,507.

While the recovery case had initially increased rapidly from less than 60 percent to 94 percent, it has now gradually decreased to 86.6 percent over the past few weeks. This takes the total recovery cases to 15,142 cases to date.

To date, 57 people have passed away from Covid-19 in Maldives. The deceased are 50 Maldivian nationals, 6 Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino national.

Recently, there has been a surge in the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maldives. Spokesperson of Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeg informed that this shows 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 as well. 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.