JUST IN: Maldives records 64th Covid-19 death

Frontline workers during a drill | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that the country has lost a 64th life at the hands of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The deceased is confirmed to be a 78 year old male receiving care at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) dedicated for Covid-19 patients at the Dharumavantha Hospital, who passed away at 18:09 on Thursday.

This is the 64th Covid-19 death in the Maldives spacing over a period of nearly one year. To date, 57 Maldivian nationals, 6 Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino national have passed away from the virus in Maldives.

Maldives recorded 136 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday alone. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 20,280 out of which 17,595 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of March 3, 2021.

While Maldives is currently riding one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 187 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.