COVID-19: Maldives records 88 new cases

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 Saturday, announced 88 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 25,524.

According to HPA, the 88 new cases include; 37 cases from the greater Male’ region, 31 cases from residential islands outside Male’, and 20 cases from operational resorts.

Meanwhile, 153 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 22,429.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 3,019 active cases.

There are 78 patients in hospitals.

2,664 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus over the last 24-hours.

With the 88 new infections this Saturday, 873 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

April 10: 88 cases

April 9: 132 cases

April 8: 113 cases

April 7: 138 cases

April 6: 145 cases

April 5: 125 cases

April 4: 132 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.

67 coronavirus patients have died from complications.