Covid-19: Germany designates Maldives as a ‘Simple Risk Area’ with decline in cases

An island in Huvadhoo atoll of Maldives. | Photo: See From The Sky

Male’, Maldives – Germany, today, lowered Maldives to a ‘Simple Risk Area’ in terms of Covid-19 situation.

Initially, the small island nation was designated as a ‘High Incidence Area’, however, the Germany Federal Foreign Officer has informed that they have downgraded the Covid-19 risk level in Maldives to a ‘Simple Risk Area’ effective from July 18, 2021.

Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began with record number of daily cases. Alarmingly, the most recent case numbers indicate a higher positive rate in the islands while capital city Malé recovers. The numbers have now slowly started to decrease and citizens are advised to strictly obey HPA guidelines and remain at home as much a possible.

This comes while Health Protection Agency (HPA) recorded only 80 Covid-19 cases yesterday out of the 6,928 samples taken. As per the agency’s statistics, out of the new cases, 16 were from the Greater Malé area, while 56 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included eight cases from operational resorts, bringing the total active cases in the country to 2,516.

The total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 75,816 out of which 73,072 patients have made full recoveries till date.

Meanwhile, Maldives has fully vaccinated over 50 percent of the eligible population with over 70 percent workers in the tourism industry fully vaccinated. The country is expecting further shipments of vaccines to arrive end of this month to achieve maximum vaccinations required for herd immunity.