3 out of 5 samples test positive for Covid-19 in Malé

Frontline workers during a drill | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that every three out of five samples collected in Malé test positive for Covid-19.

According to the latest statistics revealed by HPA, 80 kids below the age of 10 are testing positive for Covid-19 per day. This includes four to five children below one year old.

In addition to this HPA said that the positive percentage remains above 80 percent and that this is the worst wave to hit the country yet.

HPA informs that over 3,000 cases of Covid-19 was recorded last week with daily numbers remaining above 500. The positive percentage of the people consulting flu clinic have also increased by four times.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) recorded a total of 1,091 Covid-19 cases yesterday including 791 cases from last 24 hours and 300 from backlog.

In the statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,091 cases, 933 were from the Malé area, while 147 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 06 cases from operational resorts, 03 cases from live aboard and 02 from islands under development which brought up the total active cases in the country to 9,423.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 35,815 out of which 26,299 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 9, 2021.

While the country is currently going through one of the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 250 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.