COVID-19: 14 new cases, 10 recoveries

Customers queued outside a grocery store in Male' City amid a lockdown on the capital on April 22, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced the confirmation of 14 new COVID-19 cases in the Maldives, along with 10 recoveries.

The confirmed cases tonight include:

  • 08 locals
  • 03 Bangladeshi nationals
  • 02 Indian nationals
  • 01 Sri Lankan national

The total number of confirmed cases in the country has now increased to 2,217. Currently, there are 140 in quarantine along with 311 individuals isolation.

The recovery of 10 individuals means that the number of active cases in the country currently stands at 391. The total number of recoveries in the country currently stands at 1,813.

Authorities have so far collected 42,830 samples for the virus along with repeat samples. The Maldives has so far confirmed eight deaths for the virus. They include four locals and four Bangladeshi nationals.

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 on April 15, prompting a city-wide lockdown and a nationwide ban on nonessential travel.

The country has now begun relaxing the lockdown in a bid to promote economic activity and return to normal life in late May. Since June 15, It has now entered the second phase of the lockdown easements, where residents of Male’ City are permitted outdoors for the first time in two months.