BREAKING: Maldives records 150 Covid-19 deaths

Inside Hulhumalé Covid-19 management facility | Photo: HEOC

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that Maldives has recorded the 150th Covid-19 death today since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The 150th recorded death was a 79 year old Maldivian man brought to IGMH Emergency Room and was declared death at 07:55.

In the press conference held by the President’s Office last night, President Solih admitted that they had done many mistakes in April without considering the idea of a further spread of Covid-19. President Solih said that these included ease of restrictions while travelling and even in Malé.

… I admit that we may have not done what was best during April [2021] in easing the restrictions. We do not want to place the blame on anyone.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives

President Solih also stated that they were trying everything they can in order to make the situation better and that he did not believe that the government had failed in managing the virus.

The highest number of recorded deaths were on 25 May 2021, when 13 people died in the same day. 10 of the 13 people passed away in the Hulhumalé facility while one person died in Addu City Covid-19 facility, Lh. Hinnavaru Health Center and at IGMH, Malé. 12 were Maldivians while one person was a Japanese citizen.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recorded a total of 1,299 Covid-19 cases yesterday.

In the statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,299 cases, 890 were from the Malé area, while 334 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 48 case from operational resorts, 10 from liveaboards and 17 from islands under development which brought up the total active cases in the country to 24,867.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 59,644 out of which 34,621 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 26, 2021. 

Meanwhile, doctors are warning that Maldives that Covid-19 is out of control in the country, and everyone has to acknowledge instead of blaming one another to control the crisis. The healthcare workers are stretched to their limits

With the active health facilities in the country overburdened with Covid-19 patients, the non-Covid-19 treatments are threatened to be hampered. Medical professionals have repeatedly stressed the threat of medical facilities being overburdened to the point that they have to choose patients to treat depending on who is sicker.