Covid-19 community transmission

Maldives reports 129 new Covid-19 cases

  • The cases announced on Saturday include 93 locals, 26 Bangladeshis, nine Indians and one Nepalese national
  • The country’s active Covid-19 cases sits at 2,088
  • While the country began easing Covid-19 restrictive measures in late May, it entered the third phase of lockdown easing in July

K. Male' 2020 Aug 09 | Sun 00:13 local 4,565

Covid-19 testing - Yoosuf Sofwan Rasheed

Maldives has confirmed 4,898 Covid-19 cases, with 129 new cases detected on Saturday.

The cases announced on Saturday include 93 locals, 26 Bangladeshis, nine Indians and one Nepalese national. The cases were confirmed among the 981 samples tested within 24 hours.

With this, the country’s active Covid-19 cases sits at 2,088. A total of 2,791 patients have recovered from the virus.

Further, there have been 19 deaths from the virus and a total of 144 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals.

While the country began easing Covid-19 restrictive measures in late May, it entered the third phase of lockdown easing in July. There has since been a surge in cases, especially locals.

Following the surge, authorities made the decision to reintroduce a curfew in the capital as part of the measures to control the virus, and the nationwide state of public health emergency announced in March was extended on Saturday, until September 6.

While the country has also reopened its borders and restarted the tourism industry, some tourists have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the island nation.

Last updated at: 1 month ago | Reviewed by: Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim

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