Maldives has one coronavirus patient on a ventilator

IGMH physician Dr. Moosa Murad at a National Emergency Operations Center press briefing. (Photo/NEOC)

National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), on Saturday, announced that one coronavirus patient is on a ventilator.

At a NEOC press briefing on Saturday night, IGMH physician Dr. Moosa Murad said that one coronavirus patient was being treated in DH11 in Male’ City, and 10 more were being treated at the Tree Top Hospital in suburban Hulhumale’.

He added that of the 10 patients being treated in Tree Top Hospital, three are in the intensive care unit – one of whom is on a ventilator.

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 identified its first virus case on April 15 – prompting a lockdown on the Greater Male’ Region.

Male’ quickly became the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in Maldives, contributing to over 1,200 of the total virus cases.

Cases of the new coronavirus in Maldives have risen to 1,313 with 39 new cases this Saturday. 127 have since recovered and four have died from complications.