COVID-19: 143 new infections, 112 from Male’ alone

Rapid Response Team (RRT) operates in the streets of Male' City to conduct coronavirus tests on January 25, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Wednesday, announced 143 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 15,390.

According to HPA, the 143 new cases include; 112 cases from the greater Male’ region, 7 cases from residential islands outside Male’, and 24 cases from operational resorts.

Meanwhile, 50 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 13,966.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 1,366 active cases.

There are 101 patients in hospitals.

397,525 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus to date.

With the 143 new infections this Wednesday, 678 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

January 27: 143 cases

January 26: 145 cases

January 25: 109 cases

January 24: 108 cases

January 23: 55 cases

January 22: 65 cases

January 21: 53 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.

51 coronavirus patients have died from complications.