Covid-19: B. Eydhafushi facility records 1st death, death toll rises to 165

Burial of a person who passed away due to Covid-19 in Maldives | Photo: Mohamed Auzam

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports 4 deaths today including the first death recorded at B. Eydhafushi Covid-19 treatment facility.

Today, at 04: 40 an 87 year old Maldivian male from R. Hulhudhuffaaru succumbed to Covid-19 at the B. Eydhafushi Covid-19 facility. This is the 163rd Covid-19 death.

In addition to this, three additional deaths have been reported from the greater Malé area at the Hulhumalé Covid-19 management facility.

Two Maldivian men, 70 and 50 years of age passed away at 03:41 and 05:46 respectively, while a Maldivian woman, 59, passed away at 06:14.

These are the 162nd, 164th and 165th death respectively.

HPA informs that 710 cases were recorded in the Maldives yesterday, including 488 from the Malé area and 202 cases from inhabited islands. The figures also included 05 case from operational resorts and 15 cases from islands under development which brought the total active cases in the country to 24,109.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 64,396 out of which 40,117 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 31, 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.

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 204 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.