Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), on Wednesday, revealed that a total of 100,000 COVID-19 tests were completed at its laboratory after the establishment of testing facilities on February 29.
According to a statement issued by IGMH, the laboratory has maintained 24-hour operations after the first case of COVID-19 in Maldives was confirmed on March 7.
Despite noting that PCR testing had commenced with a capacity of 100 tests per day and a team of three health professionals, IGMH revealed that the hospital currently employed 22 people to carry out diagnostic tests and could conduct 1,500 tests on a daily basis.
Acknowledging the team's contribution to Maldives' COVID-19 response, IGMH thanked its frontline workers for their tireless efforts.
In addition to IGMH, COVID-19 tests can be conducted from ADK Hospital and the police forensic service in the capital city of Male', as well as at Addu Equatorial Hospital (AEH) and Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital.
Overall, Maldives has successfully conducted 143,472 diagnostic tests till date.
At present, the country records 9,885 virus cases, out of which 1,315 are active cases, in addition to 8,530 recoveries and 34 deaths.
Active virus cases are also present in 24 inhabited islands outside the Greater Male' Region, as well as 25 resorts across the archipelago.
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 32.1 million people and claimed over 982,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 23.6 million people have recovered.