110 coronavirus patients hospitalized

Hulhumale' COVID-19 medical facility. (Photo/STO)

Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) announced on Wednesday that 110 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized.

In a press conference on Wednesday night, HEOC spokesperson and epidemiologist Dr. Nazla Rafeeq said that 85 of the hospitalized patients are being treated at the Hulhumale’ COVID-19 medical facility. Six of the patients at the facility are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, and one of them is being treated on a ventilator.

Meanwhile, there are two patients being treated in the Intensive Care Unit on the 11th floor of Dharumavantha Hospital, and six more being treated on the 16th floor of the hospital.

There is also one patient being treated at the B. Eydhafushi COVID-19 medical facility, and one more being treated at the Sh. Funadhoo COVID-19 medical facility.

Maldives is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases following the relaxation of the lockdown in the greater Male’ region in July, as well as a surge in hospitalized patients.

Following the surge in cases, authorities implemented additional restrictions, including imposing a temporary ban on travel of persons from Male’ to other residential islands, except those who travel to the capital to access essential services such as healthcare.

Wearing masks when out in public in the greater Male’ region and residential islands with confirmed coronavirus cases is now mandatory, and the wearing of masks in all residential islands, including those with no confirmed cases has been declared highly recommended.

Maldives has 4,594 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 148 new cases recorded on Wednesday. 2,706 of the patients have since recovered, while 19 have died from complications.

The country now has 1,869 active cases.