COVID-19: 124 new infections; 5,755 vaccinations

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 124 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 19,162.

According to HPA, the 124 new cases include; 94 cases from the greater Male’ region, 5 cases from residential islands outside Male’, 15 cases from operational resorts, 1 case from liveaboards, and 9 cases from industrial islands.

Meanwhile, 104 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 16,646.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 2,449 active cases.

There are 162 patients in hospitals.

4,237 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus over the last 24-hours.

With the 124 new infections this Wednesday, 938 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

February 24: 124 cases

February 23: 108 cases

February 22: 161 cases

February 21: 157 cases

February 20: 145 cases

February 19: 127 cases

February 18: 116 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.

60 coronavirus patients have died from complications.


Maldives began mass vaccinations against the new coronavirus on February 1.  HPA states 5,755 people were vaccinated on Wednesday. Of the 5,755 people, 3,123 were from the greater Male’ region, and 2,632 were from the atolls.

Total 90,865 people have now been inoculated under program; 64,900 from the greater Male’ region, and 25,965 from the atolls.

Maldives has received 200,000 doses of the Covishield developed AstraZeneca and Oxford from India and has ordered 700,000 more doses of the same vaccine – which they expect to receive in March. Maldives has also received 5,000 doses of Sinopharm as a donation, and China has pledged a donation of 100,000 more doses of the same vaccine.

Maldives also expects to receive the first shipment of vaccines from World Health Organization (WHO) this February.