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Covid-19 community transmission
Maldives Covid-19 case total reaches 14,582
Recent days have seen an increase in coronavirus infections detected from resorts, mostly staff
960 active cases currently
69 new cases reported on Monday as well as 26 recoveries
Aishath Shaany
19 Jan 2021 | Tue 07:54
K. Male'
Samples collected for Covid-19 testing
Health Protection Agency

Daily Covid-19 infections reported from the Maldives has been above 50 for most of the ongoing month.

69 new cases were reported on Monday, while 51 infections were confirmed on Sunday as well as 87 on Saturday; the latter is the highest daily rise in infections, in months.

Out of the 69 cases, confirmed from the 3,330 samples tested within 24 hours, 35 are from the greater Male’ region while eight are from residential islands. The remaining 26 cases were confirmed from resorts; there has recently been an increase in cases confirmed from resorts.

Monday’s cases have pushed the country’s Covid-19 case count to 14,582, while the additional 26 recoveries bring total recoveries to 13,566.

With the increased transmission rate and reduced recovery rate, the island nation’s active case total has risen to 960. Out of this, 74 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals, five more than the previous day.

49 deaths have been confirmed from Covid-19.

While recent days have seen an increase in coronavirus infections detected from resorts, the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) said that these are mostly staff members.

Noting that they have been able to maintain the number of positive cases being reported in tourists visiting the Maldives at "a manageable level", HEOC called out resort management for their recklessness in following Covid-19 public health safety rules.

Joining Sunday’s Covid-19 press briefing, Senior Executive Director at the Ministry of Tourism, Ali Razzan reminded resort management that their staff can only be cleared for duty after receiving a Covid-19 negative result, adding that they are in violation of the safety measures otherwise.

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