Covid-19: Over 2,000 active cases in 105 islands of Maldives

Covid-19 sample collection | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives — The Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) has revealed that there are currently over 2,000 active Covid-19 cases present in 105 islands of the Maldives.

While speaking at the news conference held by the HEOC, Ahmed Nazim spoke on behalf of the Atoll Preparedness and stated that there are currently 2,696 active Covid-19 cases present in 105 islands of Maldives and that 63 islands are under monitoring status.

Nazim noted that the virus is seen from the majority of the islands under monitoring status due to individuals who violated the quarantine rules and went to crowded places, and from people who were tested for the virus because they were symptomatic.

HEOC advises all the people currently residing in the monitoring islands to maintain their activities according to the guidelines provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

HPA recorded a total of 1,187 Covid-19 cases yesterday.

965 were from the Malé area, while 214 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 02 case from live aboard which brought up the total active cases in the country to 18,843.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 48,608 out of which 29,644 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 19, 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 274 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.

Since the country recorded its first case of Covid-19, Maldives has reported 112 deaths to date including 8 fatalities reported in the past 48 hours.