The government, on Saturday, inaugurated COVID-19 management facilities in Addu City, Fuvahmulah City and Ihavandhoo, Haa Alif Atoll.
The virtual inauguration ceremony was attended by Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen, Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and relevant parliamentarians in addition to managers of the facilities and senior health ministry officials.
The government has finalised the decision to establish COVID-19 medical facilities in five regions of Maldives.
The first atoll-based facilities were established in Funadhoo, Shaviyani Atoll and Eydhafushi, Baa Atoll, and began operations on July 16.
Two other COVID-19 health facilities established in Gan, Laamu Atoll and Villingili, Gaafu Alif Atoll commenced operations on July 21.
The aforementioned facilities are designated to provide COVID-19 management services for the following zones:
Gan facility - Meemu Atoll, Faafu Atoll, Dhaalu Atoll, Thaa Atoll and Laamu Atoll.
Villingili facility - Gaafu Alif Atoll, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
Eydhafushi facility - Noonu Atoll, Raa Atoll, Baa Atoll and Lhaviyani Atoll
Funadhoo facility - Haa Alif Atoll, Haa Dhaalu Atoll and Shaviyani Atoll
Hithadhoo facility - Fuvahmulah and Addu Atoll.
All the facilities include 20 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 30 in isolation and are equipped to test for COVID-19 as well as ventilators.
Maldives currently records 3,252 COVID-19 cases and active cases. Till date, the country reported 2,534 recoveries and 15 deaths.
As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Maldives' capital Malé recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the first weeks following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.
After recording low numbers for several weeks, the recent spike of virus cases has reduced the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to 78 percent.
The number of COVID-19 cases increased after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions across the Greater Male' Region.
On March 12, WHO classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To date, the new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 16.1 million people and claimed over 648,300 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 9.9 million people have recovered.