Maldives has reported a new record of the highest daily Covid-19 cases reported thus far, at 465.
According to the latest statistics publicized by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Friday night, this is the fifth consecutive day where Maldives has recorded alarming numbers of new infections.
The Maldives Covid-19 tally has been pushed to 29,835 with the new cases, of which 193 were reported in the Greater Malé Region, 242 from residential islands and 25 from operational resorts. Further, an additional five new infections were confirmed from liveaboard vessels.
Healthcare officials tested 3,305 samples for the coronavirus pandemic over the past 24 hours.
The number of recoveries from Covid-19 reported across the Maldives increased to 24,775 with the 72 recoveries reported between 6pm Thursday and 6pm Friday.
The number of active infections nationwide rose to is edging closer to 5,000, with 4,978 active cases reported by Thursday’s end.
Over the past 24 hours, 12 more Covid-19 patients were hospitalized for treatment, meaning that the number of hospital admissions has risen to 146.
Since Sunday, Maldives confirmed a record total of 2,214 new infections. This is the highest daily cases have been reported since the pandemic surfaced in Maldives during March 2020. At a time the caseload across residential islands has also been increasing, HPA revealed that as of Friday, there are a total of 23 islands under monitoring.
The islands under monitoring are:
- Naifaru island in Lhaviyani atoll
- Felivaru island in Lhaviyani atoll
- Maamigili island in Alif Dhaal atoll
- Veymandoo island in Thaa atoll
- Kinbidhoo island in Thaa atoll
- Madifushi island in Thaa atoll
- Bodufolhudhoo island in Alif Alif atoll
- Eydhafushi island in Baa atoll
- Hinmafushi island in Kaafu atoll
- Thimarafushi island in Thaa atoll
- Gulhi island in Kaafu atoll
- Maafushi island in Kaafu atoll
- Mathiveri island in Alif Alif atoll
- Maandhoo island in Laamu atoll
- Gan island in Laamu atoll
- Fonadhoo island in Laamu atoll
- Thinadhoo island in Gaaf Dhaal atoll
- Ukulhas island in Alif Alif atoll
- Thulusdhoo island in Kaafu atoll
- Dhanbidhoo island in Laamu atoll
- Hulhumeedhoo island in Seenu atoll
- Rasdhoo island in Alif Alif atoll
- Kolhufushi island in Meemu atoll
The Covid-19 caseload began decreasing at a time Maldives drove through a devastating third peak of the virus during the past few months, which led to the reintroduction of a curfew and vehicle movement restrictions across the Covid-19 epicenter Malé City and several measures nationwide. Daily cases being reported began declining soon after, leading to the curfew and some restrictions being dissolved, however, daily infections have been recorded over 300 for a few days, rising up to 400 this week. Daily cases have been surging at a time Maldives observed the Local Council and Women’s Development Committee Elections in mid-April.
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.
Public health authorities continue to stress the importance of following Covid-19 health and safety measures set to control transmission of the virus, including social distancing, avoiding public gatherings, maintaining hand hygiene and effective masking while outdoors.