COVID-19: 30 new infections, 16 recoveries

People wear masks as they drive along a road in Male' City on June 8, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Saturday, announced 30 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 13,834.

According to HPA, the 30 new cases include; 17 cases from the greater Male’ region, and 13 cases from operational resorts.

Meanwhile, 16 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 13,166.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 613 active cases.

There are 29 patients in hospitals.

320,957 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus to date.

With the 30 new infections this Saturday, 216 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

January 2: 30 cases

January 1: 47 cases

December 31: 19 cases

December 30: 47 cases

December 29: 31 cases

December 28: 16 cases

December 27: 26 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.