K. Male'
12 Oct 2021 | Tue 15:36
Samples being collected for Covid-19 testing
Samples being collected for Covid-19 testing
Health Protection Agency
Covid-19 community transmission
Maldives active coronavirus cases drop to 1,205
The new cases were confirmed through 3,312 samples tested in the reporting period
74 new infections and 106 recoveries were reported
Monday’s cases have pushed the total coronavirus case count to 85,622

Maldives active coronavirus cases have dropped to 1,205.

According to the latest figures publicized by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 74 new infections and 106 recoveries were reported between 6pm Sunday and 6pm Monday.

The new cases were confirmed through 3,312 samples tested in the reporting period.

49 new Covid-19 cases were detected from residential islands, 21 from the capital region and four from operational resorts.

Monday’s cases have pushed the total coronavirus case count confirmed in the Maldives since the first few cases were confirmed on 7 March 2020, to 85,622.

With the additional patients having observed full recoveries in the reporting period, the total number of recoveries have reached 84,170

Within the past 24 hours, one Covid-19 patient was released from the hospital, with which hospital admissions have dropped to 12.

Maldives reported its first Covid-19 fatality in April 2020. Since then, the death toll has been pushed to 234. The latest fatality was confirmed on Saturday morning when a 72-year-old Maldivian woman being treated at Hulhumalé Medical Facility succumbed to complications of the virus.

The geographical advantage of being comprised of a scatter of islands initially enabled Maldives to keep tabs on the spread of coronavirus when the first few cases surfaced. Things spiraled out of control after a community transmission was detected in the congested capital on 15 April 2020 to which authorities responded by imposing an immediate lockdown.

Months later, authorities began easing the lockdown in phases, with cases going on a downward spiral. Things seemed to be in control until the new year rolled around and cases began spiraling once more. Since April 2020, authorities have been repeating a cycle of curfews, lockdowns, partial lockdowns and other restrictive measures in their successful efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Maldives was faced by a fourth and more infectious coronavirus wave in early May, with cases rising to alarming levels at 1,000 on a daily basis. With the implementation of stricter measures, cases began declining once again, and authorities introduced further eases to restrictions in early July for the extensive government holidays.

Eases have been doubling with those that have completed both doses of Covid-19 vaccine allowed to travel domestically without the need to quarantine, with a negative PCR test result. HPA continues to practice caution as the pandemic is far from being controlled, despite declining numbers in recent months. For over a month, the country has been free from further restrictions in the face of the pandemic, however, the authorities continue to remind the public to be vigilant as the country heads down the road to full recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. Although life is far from reaching normal yet, the government's resilience to vaccinate the entire nation has revived hopes of eases from further burden, in the new normal.

The country has been in a state of public health emergency for over a year, since 12 March 2020. It was extended a 19th time to expire on October 31.

Last updated at: 7 months ago
Reviewed by: Imad Latheef