HECC to convene daily amidst Covid-19 spike

Vice President Faisal Naseem speaking to local media officials at HEOC. | Photo: Presidents Office

Malé, Maldives – In response to the new wave of Covid-19 with record high daily cases, the President has directed to scale up the Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) operations.

Health Emergency Coordination Committee (HECC), Co-Chaired by VP alongside Minister Naseem and other relevant ministers will convene daily at Dharubaaruge. President Solih will join virtually, along with high level representatives from HECC.

In today’s meeting co-chaired by Vice President Mr.Faisal Naseem, ways to address and strengthen measures to control current surge in cases in the Maldives was discussed.

Maldives is experiencing record numbers of cases with 200 people hospitalized for Covid-19 treatment across the country. Meanwhile in the capital city Malé, Dharumavantha Hospital (DH11) ICU is at full capacity, with six people on ventilators.

Yesterday alone, the small island nation recorded 601 cases. Statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 601 cases, 440 were from the Malé area, while 141 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 11 cases from industrial islands which brought up the total active cases in the country to 6,508.With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 31,931 out of which 25,340 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 4, 2021.