Officials warn of unprecedented virus situation as most dangerous

HEOC spokesperson and epidemiologist Dr. Nazla Rafeeq. (Photo/HEOC)

The Maldives is in uncharted waters with the spike in COVID-19 cases, authorities have stated expressing their grave concern over the current situation of the nation. 

Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) spokesperson Dr. Nazla Rafeeq said that the Maldives was in a situation unprecedented during the course of the local epidemic and that things have never looked so bleak before. 

Dr. Nazla said that this was the most dangerous wave of the virus to crash onto the nation. She noted that cases were skyrocketing and that the number of cases requiring hospitalization was also exceeding limits. She said that the capacity of the health system in the Maldives was now at near full capacity. 

Dr. Nazla tweeted today that "I can tell you with absolute certainty that this is the worst wave of COVID-19 infections we have had. With hospitalizations alarmingly high & a handful of beds remaining, our state is critical."

The top official implored the public to help us control the virus, before advising to take safety measures against the virus.

The Maldives has seen a spike in case numbers since the turn of the year. More than 180 cases were confirmed last night alone while confirmed cases have increased to above 17,000. Active cases number above 2,000 while hospitalizations have also exceeded 200. 56 deaths have been reported to date.