Maldives records 200th Covid-19 death!

Coffin carried out by frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic | Photo: One Online

GDh. Thinadhoo, Maldives – Dr. Abdul Samad Memorial Hospital reported that a 79 year old Maldivian male admitted at Thinadhoo Covid-19 Facility passed away at 05:00 this morning.

This is the second Covid-19 death recorded in GDh. Thinadhoo and also the second Covid-19 death recorded in the past 24 hours, both from the atolls.

With this, the total number of deaths related to Covid-19 rises to 200. However, Health Protection Agency has not yet confirmed this 200th death.

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.