COVID-19: 55 new infections, 82 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 Saturday, announced 55 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 14,885.

According to HPA, the 55 new cases include; 31 cases from the greater Male’ region, 9 cases from residential islands outside Male’, and 15 cases from operational resorts.

Meanwhile, 82 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 13,813.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 1,042 active cases.

There are 69 patients in hospitals.

379,612 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus to date.

With the 55 new infections this Saturday, 423 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

January 23: 55 cases

January 22: 65 cases

January 21: 53 cases

January 20: 79 cases

January 19: 51 cases

January 18: 69 cases

January 17: 51 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.

50 coronavirus patients have died from complications.