COVID-19: 19 new infections, 16 recoveries

Rapid Response Team (RRT) operates in the streets of Male' City to conduct COVID-19 tests on May 28, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Thursday, announced 19 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 13,757.

According to HPA, the 19 new cases include; 14 cases from the greater Male’ region, and five cases from residential islands outside Male’.

Meanwhile, 16 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 13,141.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 561 active cases.

There are 27 patients in hospitals.

316,704 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus to date.

With the 19 new infections this Thursday, 199 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

December 31: 19 cases

December 30: 47 cases

December 29: 31 cases

December 28: 16 cases

December 27: 26 cases

December 26: 35 cases

December 25: 25 cases

Maldives identified its first coronavirus case on March 7, and declared a state of public health emergency over the pandemic less than a week later on March 12.

While coronavirus cases had initially been restricted to resorts and safaris, and later quarantine facilities holding inbound travelers, Male’ City identified its first coronavirus case on April 15, prompting a city-wide lockdown.

The populous capital quickly emerged as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Maldives, contributing to the majority of total cases.

48 coronavirus patients have died from complications.