COVID-19: HPA reports 590 new cases

Hulhumalé Covid-19 Facility | Photo: Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services

Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported 590 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 1,603 recoveries on Saturday.

The agency stated that of the new cases, 461 are from samples collected between 1800 hrs of June 4 till 1800 hrs of June 5.

Of the new cases, 389 were from the greater Male’ region, 195 from inhabited islands and six cases from operational resorts.

To date, a total of 67,538 cases were recorded in Maldives while 47,333 people made full recoveries.

HPA also stated that currently, there are 20,014 active cases in the country, with 191 hospitalized for treatment.

Maldives is currently experiencing its worst surge since the first case was recorded in 2020. On Friday, June 4, the number of cases dropped below 500 for the first time since early May.

With the surge, the number of COVID-19 related fatalities are also on the rise, particularly, the number of younger victims are rapidly increasing. The country has recorded 181 fatalities as of now.

Experts urge on the importance of taking preventative measures such as social distancing, wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene. Meanwhile authorities continue stringent measures including curfews and travel restrictions in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading.