COVID-19: Maldives records 157 new cases

Rapid Response Team (RRT) operates in the streets of Male' City to conduct coronavirus tests on February 3, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, announced 157 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 26,505.

According to HPA, the 157new cases include; 71 cases from the greater Male’ region, 72 cases from residential islands outside Male’, 12 cases from operational resorts, and 2 cases from industrial islands.

Meanwhile, 100 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 23,691.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 2,735 active cases.

There are 68 patients in hospitals.

3,122 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus over the last 24-hours.

With the 157 new infections this Monday, 804 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

April 19: 157 cases

April 18: 203 cases

April 17: 124 cases

April 16: 82 cases

April 15: 95 cases

April 14: 85 cases

April 13: 58 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.

70 coronavirus patients have died from complications.