Additional COVID-19 cases confirmed, total at 1083

Shoppers wear masks amid a lockdown on Male' City on April 22, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that five additional cases of COVID-19 were just confirmed in the Maldives.

The confirmed cases are four Bangladeshi nationals and one Sri Lankan national. The total number of cases in the Maldives has now increased to 1083.

HPA did not disclose any further details regarding the cases. 

59 people have made recoveries after testing positive for the virus while four have died from complications.

The capital Male’ City remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Maldives, contributing to over 1,000 of the total infections.

Cases have also been reported in the islands of Sh. Narudhoo, N. Manadhoo, H. A. Thakandhoo, Sh. Milandhoo, H.A Uligan, K. Hinmafushi, K. Thulusdhoo as well. The case confirmed in Uligan is amongst the recovered individuals.

The Greater Male’ Region has been under lockdown since April 15, when the capital had identified its first infection.

The Maldives has also imposed a nationwide ban on all non-essential travel, closed schools, and government offices, and has ordered a temporary ban on mass gatherings in mosques in an effort to control the spread of the disease.

Health authorities project a significant surge in virus cases by the end of May.