In Maldives, recoveries increase above active COVID-19 cases

Photo shows the ring road of Male' city during an imposed curfew on April 2, 2020. The curfew was imposed as a safety measure against the Covid-19 virus. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Maldives has seen a significant reduction with the number now overcast by the number of recoveries,

Authorities in the country designate a person as negative after that individual tests negative on two separate COVID-19 tests.

The number of recoveries in the country with 85 recoveries tonight, surpassed the 1000 mark. 

The total number of recoveries now stands at 1,010. While the number of active cases has currently fallen to 922. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 1,942.

The figures show one very obvious positive aspect of the virus, the fact that the number of recoveries is higher than the active cases. 

Isolation facilities currently have 939 individuals with a further 523 placed in quarantine. Eight people have so far passed away due to the virus. They are four locals and four Bangladeshi nationals.

After identifying a community spread, the populous capital of Male’ City became the epicenter of the outbreak in the country, contributing to over 90 percent of the total cases.

Rapid Response Team officials take random samples coronavirus testing in Male' City on June 5, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The country identified its first COVID-19 case on March 7 and declared a state of public health emergency over the pandemic four days later on March 11. Male’ City identified its first COVID-19 case back in April 15, prompting a city-wide lockdown and a nationwide ban on nonessential travel.

While the authorities have begun relaxing the Male’ lockdown in a bid to promote economic activity, health experts continue to warn people to wear masks, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene and maintain other infection-prevention measures.

The easements were rolled out due to control in the spread of the virus in the country, which is now slowly showing signs of subsiding.