COVID-19 recoveries in Maldives rise to 91

A woman wears a face mask to protect from the spread of COVID-19 as she walks back home after shopping for groceries on May 14, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Wednesday, announced five more people who contracted the new coronavirus in Maldives have made full recoveries.

The new recoveries were announced by HPA via its dashboard. It increases total recoveries in Maldives to 91.

The five new recoveries come after HPA announced 19 new recoveries on Tuesday.

While recoveries have now risen to 91, HPA confirmed 43 new virus cases by 10 am this Wednesday, identified as 28 Bangladeshis, 10 Maldivians, four Indians and one Nepali.

The new cases increased total virus cases in Maldives to 1,186. Four have died from complications.

Maldives identified its first virus case, in Kuredu resort, on March 7, and has been in a state of public health emergency since March 12.

While virus cases had initially been restricted to resorts and safaris, and later inbound travelers in quarantine facilities, the populous Maldivian capital Male’ City identified its first virus case on April 15 – prompting a lockdown on the Greater Male’ Region.

Male’ quickly became the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Maldives, contributing to over 1,100 of the total virus cases.

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, and have urged members of the general public to remain vigilant in adhering to preventive measures.