Covid-19: 15 Islands currently under monitoring

Aerial view of Hithadhoo, Addu City | Photo: The Times of Addu

Malé, Maldives – The latest statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed that the number of islands under monitoring due to Covid-19, has decreased to 15.

As of last week, 22 islands were under monitoring, hence this was a considerable decrease.

Islands currently under monitoring are;

  • GDh. Thinadhoo
  • Addu City
  • F. Feeali
  • Nh. Fuvahmulah
  • GA. Villingili
  • AA. Thoddoo
  • R. Dhuvaafaru
  • GA. Kondey
  • HDh. Dhihdhoo
  • R. Meedhoo
  • K. GuraidhooSh
  • Sh. Foakaidhoo
  • GDh. Nadella
  • K. Kaashidhoo
  • AA. Rasdhoo

HPA recently changed their regulations to allow travel to the Islands without having to quarantine for those who completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to departure. A negative PCR test is also required to travel under this regulation. However, this regulation is only applicable to Islands with a positive rate of less than percent.

Following the stringent restrictive measures implemented by the authorities, the number of daily cases dropped significantly, thus decreasing the number of hospitalised cases and deaths as well.

HPA reported 63 new cases of Covid-19 in Maldives, out of the 5,327 samples that were taken yesterday. As per the agency, out of the new cases, only 13 cases were from the Greater Malé area, while 28 cases were recorded from inhabited islands and 22 cases from operational resorts.

With the addition of these 63 cases, the total number of active cases has reached 2,425 in Maldives taking the total confirmed cases to 75,879. While 73,226 of these cases have made full recoveries, Maldives has recorded 216 Covid-19 related fatalities since the pandemic began.

Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began with a 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.

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