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HPA warns of spike in viral diseases, including Covid-19

29 March 2023, MVT 12:56
Covid Rapid Test Sample Collection at Male'
29 March 2023, MVT 12:56

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned the public about a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases as well as other communicable diseases.

A media official from HPA told Mihaaru news on Tuesday that there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking medical assistance for colds, fevers, and other flu-like symptoms over the last week.

According to the statistics publicized by the HPA, there was an increase in conjunctivitis, chicken pox, dysentery, and the common cold in February.

In January, there were 29,307 reported cases of the flu; the number rose to 30,628 last month.

From March 19 to 25, a total of 16 people tested positive for Covid-19. In the previous week, from March 12 to 18, there were 11 reported cases; in the first week of March, there were only six cases of Covid-19.

So far, a total of 185,771 people have tested positive for Covid in the Maldives, with 311 deaths as a result of the virus.

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