Police search continues for two who escaped en route to Covid-19 facility

Police checkpoint | Photo: Maldives Police Service

Malé, Maldives – Police search for two detainees who escaped while being transported to a Covid-19 facility, Friday night, after testing positive.

Police said that they were released from custody to Health Protection Agency (HPA) after testing positive for Covid-19, to be transported to the Covid-19 facility.

In addition to being initially arrested for undisclosed crimes, they pose a greater threat to the community due to being on the run while Covid-19 positive. Police have yet to reveal the identities of these two individuals.

Maldives is currently going through the worst wave of Covid-19 that has hit the country since the pandemic. Cases are escalating in the islands with limited infrastructure to handle treatment, and authorities rushing to increase capacity in both Malé and islands.

In the statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,960 cases recorded yesterday, 1518 were from the Malé area, while 431 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 11 case from operational resorts which brought up the total active cases in the country to 22,421.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 54,365 out of which 31,812 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 22, 2021. Maldives has recorded a total of 124 Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began.