COVID-19: 145 new positive cases from 4,460 samples tested

Covid-19 frontline worker taking a random sample in Malé City | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that 145 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Maldives, with 104 originating from the greater Malé area alone.

4,460 samples were tested in the past 24 hours.

Statistics released by HPA show that out of the 145 cases, 104 were from the Malé area, while 21 cases were recorded from inhibited island.

The figures also included the 14 new found cases from operational resorts, 5 live aboards, and 1 island under development which brought up the total active cases in the country to 2,447.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 22,292 out of which 19,773 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of March 19, 2021.

While the country is currently riding one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, with 120 patients hospitalized. The majority of hospitalized patients being in the capital, preventive measures against Covid-19 were extended another week in the capital city Malé, with the restaurant and vehicle ban extended.

Since the country recorded its first case of Covid-19, Maldives has reported 65 deaths in connection to Covid-19. The deceased are 58 Maldivian nationals, 6 Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino national.