Maldives Covid-19 case total has surpassed the 25,000-mark.
According to latest statistics publicized by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 145 new Covid-19 infections were confirmed nationwide by sundown on Tuesday.
The public health authority tested 4,892 samples for the coronavirus pandemic between 6pm Monday and 6pm Tuesday.
85 out of the 145 new cases reported in the Maldives were from the Greater Malé Region. It has been over a week since public health authorities have been detecting lower than 100 daily cases from the capital region. 39 of the remaining cases were reported in residential islands and 19 infections were also detected from operational resorts.
Two additional coronavirus infections were detected from industrial islands by sundown on Tuesday.
This has pushed the Maldives Covid-19 case tally to 25,053.
With 125 additional recoveries reported over the past 24 hours, a total of 21,898 coronavirus-stricken patients have observed full recoveries from the infection since it surfaced during March 2020.
Further, active cases have also been dropping despite the daily infections still being above 100 across the nation. The active cases rose to 3,079 from 3,059 by Tuesday’s end according to the HPA statistics.
Over the past 24 hours, a total of 17 Covid-19 patients were moved from hospitals with which the number of hospital admissions has dropped to 73.
Maldives reported over 1,000 new Covid-19 infections over the past week there was a spike in daily cases nearing the end of the week, with daily cases soaring up to 300 which is the highest it has been since the pandemic surfaced in the country.
Maldives Covid-19 mortality rate is currently at 0.29 percent, with the pandemic having claimed 67 lives thus far, the latest fatality having been reported on March 31 when a 66-year-old man, who was rushed to the Emergency Room of Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in an unresponsive state, was pronounced dead within minutes.
Authorities reintroduced a curfew in the Greater Malé Region on February 12, in light of the spike in daily infections being reported since January 24. The nearly six-hour curfew was followed by restrictions on vehicle movement from 6pm to 6am for Greater Malé residents. The health authority lifted the restrictions on vehicle movement in the capital city, at a time the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru had hinted that restrictions could be eased in time for the fasting month of Ramadan. The curfew was also dissolved, recently.
On Monday HPA extended the state of public health emergency effective in Maldives from 12 March 2020 by another month, making this the 13th extension. Maldives has been in a state of public health emergency for over a year and the last extension is set to expire on May 4.
Despite the eases stemming from a gradual decrease in Covid-19 cases being reported, authorities continue to urge the public to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures and guidelines in place such as maintaining a safe distance, avoiding social gatherings, maintaining hygiene and following the face mask mandate. This is especially important now as the country heads towards the Local Council and Women's Development Committee elections slated for Saturday.