COVID-19: 59 new infections, 37 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 Tuesday, announced 59 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 14,218.

According to HPA, the 59 new cases include; 33 cases from the greater Male’ region, 20 cases from residential islands outside Male’, and six cases from operational resorts.

Meanwhile, 37 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 13,402.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 760 active cases.

There are 53 patients in hospitals.

348,464 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus to date.

With the 59 new infections this Tuesday, 288 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

January 12: 59 cases

January 11: 50 cases

January 10: 44 cases

January 9: 25 cases

January 8: 52 cases

January 7: 21 cases

January 6: 37 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.

49 coronavirus patients have died from complications.