Covid-19: death toll rises to 199 with additional death from the atolls

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

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed the 199th death in Maldives due to Covid-19.

HPA reports that a 59 year old Maldivian female admitted at L. Covid Management Facility passed away at 09:23. This is the 199th death recorded in Maldives due to Covid-19.

224 new Covid-19 cases were reported yesterday out of which, 111 were from the Greater Malé area, while 105 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 08 cases from operational resorts, bringing the total active cases in the country to 8,155. Currently, there are 79 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country.

While the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 70,897, a total of 62,533 patients have made full recoveries till date.

Speaking at a press conference held at President’s Office, Dr. Fathmath Nazla Rafeeg revealed that the currently increasing cases is the result of the especially contagious Indian Delta variant , with 27% of samples confirmed to be the Delta variant. She also noted that 20% of samples were found to be the Alpha variant, found first in the UK.

In addition to these, the samples also revealed 3 other variants according to Dr. Nazla.

The easements in the capital have been given Greater Malé Area in the past several days with a decrease in daily active cases within the area. 

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), has eased the curfew restrictions placed in Male’ City, following the low cases being reported in the region, shortening the curfew hours from 16:00 till 04:00 in addition to other various easements.

Maldives is slowly recovering from the worst Covid-19 wave since the island nation’s first case of community spread in April 2020.