COVID-19: 37 cases confirmed, total 1,143

Health professionals engage in sample collection for COVID-19 testing in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has just announced that 37 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives. 

In a tweet issued on its official account, HPA stated that 19 Bangladeshi nationals, 15 Maldivians, and three Indian nationals had tested positive for the virus. 

The total number of cases in the Maldives currently stands at 1,143.

The authorities had announced more recoveries from the virus earlier today. The number of recoveries in the country currently stands at 80. Four deaths have been reported so far in connection with the virus. The country currently has 1157 active cases of the virus.

The majority of the cases in the country have been confirmed in the capital Male' City. A community case of the virus was discovered on April 15, more than a month after the first imported case of the virus was identified in Kuredu Island Resort on March 7. 

The majority of the cases in the country are foreign nationals. Bangladeshi nationals have tested positive the most with 581 cases. 108 Indian nationals have also tested positive along with 

581 Bangladeshi nationals have tested positive. 108 Indian along with fewer numbers of Nepali, Sri Lankan and Pakistani nationals. Authorities are still searching for two migrant workers that are missing after testing positive for the virus. 414 Maldivians have tested positive for the virus so far.

The capital and most populous city in the country by far, Male' is under a strict curfew and lockdown since the first community case was identified on April 15. 

Cases have also been reported in other islands in the north of the country.

Authorities have predicted that the country was faced with a surge of cases by the end of May. The expected figures for the surge were revised later on due to the effectiveness of the restrictive measures on the capital.