HPA raises concern over high Covid-19 positivity rates

Malé City streets after Covid-19 protective measures were eased. | Photo: Mihaaru.

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has raised concern over high rates of flu and active surveillance positivity rates in the country.

In a tweet sent out by the agency, it was stated that although there is a slight decrease in weekly positive cases, flu positivity and active surveillance positivity still remain high, due to which, it is crucial to be vigilant in maintaining precautionary behaviors and avoid visiting family, friends and engaging in other gatherings.

The tweet thread further detailed that the greatest increase in cases was recorded during the last week of February, which then resulted in implementation of additional restrictive measures such as prohibiting in-restaurant dining after 20:00 and extended curfew hours.

While additional graphs in the thread depicted number of weekly positive cases and hospital admissions, additional information on flu positivity rates raised alarm.

Since February, the average level of flu positivity has stated at 7%. When flu positivity rate exceeds 5%, this is cause for alarm.

Health Protection Agency (HPA), Maldives

According to the latest Covid-19 statistics by the agency, so far 22,147 positive cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Maldives, out of which, 19,624 patients have made full recoveries. However, there are 2,433 active cases remaining in the country, out of which, 121 patients are receiving hospitalized care. Unfortunately, 65 lives have been lost due to Covid-19 in the Maldives.