Covid-19: Total positive cases surpasses 20,000 in Maldives

People waiting at the traffic light to cross Sinamalé Bridge which links the islands of Malé, Hulhulé and Hulhumalé | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that more than 20,000 people have tested positive for the virus since last year with yesterdays 165 new cases recorded in the Maldives.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 20,144 out of which 17,470 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of March 2, 2021. 

In the statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 165 cases, 132 were from the Malé area, while 13 were from inhibited island. The figures also included the 19 new found cases from operational resorts, which brought up the total active cases in the country to 2,605.

While the country is currently riding one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 186 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country. With majority of the hospitalized patients being in the capital, experts continuously reiterate the importance of taking preventive steps against Covid-19, such as maintaining adequate physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene.

Since the country recorded its first case of Covid-19, Maldives has reported 62 deaths in connection to Covid-19. The deceased are 55 Maldivian nationals, 6 Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino national.