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COVID-19: Maldives record 1,501 new cases

13 May 2021, MVT 11:26
HPA strengthens measures and extended curfew hours to combat the spread of the virus. PHOTO: MIHAARU
13 May 2021, MVT 11:26

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Wednesday announced that 1,572 tested positive for COVID-19.

With the current surge, the daily confirmed COVID positives keep setting a new record every consecutive day.

HPA has been working to clear a backlog of samples collected, and as such, out of the over 1,500 samples that tested positive today, only 844 cases were positive from those collected within the past 24 hours.

This increased the confirmed COVID cases in the country to a total of 40,092.

Meanwhile, 328 people made full recoveries, bringing the total figure to 27,123 to date.

HPA revealed that of the new cases, 1,315 were from the greater Male’ region while 242 cases were from residential islands and 15 cases from operational resorts.

Maldives is currently in its worst COVID wave still date. The fatality rate has increased rapidly. Although only a few days into May, Maldives has seen 14 fatalities within the month already. The most recorded fatalities previously were in February of this year, with 10 deaths.

Currently, there are 12,873 active cases in the country.

To curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Maldives, HPA has strengthened the restrictive measures. This includes increasing curfew hours and extending the curfew duration as well.

On March 12, 2020, WHO classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To date, the new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 161 million people and claimed over 3.344 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 139 million people have recovered.