COVID-19: Maldives confirms 318 new cases in 24 hours

People drive along the ring road of Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced 318 additional cases of COVID-19.

The new cases mean that the total number of confirmed cases in the Maldives has now reached 29,370, since confirming the first case in March of last year.

According to HPA, the new cases include; 142 cases from the greater Male’ region, 130 cases from residential islands outside of Male’, and 33 cases from operational resorts, eight from liveaboards, 1 from an island under development as well as four from industrial islands.

Meanwhile, 128 additional COVID-19 patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 24,703. The Maldives now has 4,585 active cases. There are currently 134 patients in hospitals.

HPA added that the positive cases confirmed last night were from 2,556 samples (including repeated samples) tested for COVID-19. 

Caseload over the week

  • April 29: 318 cases
  • April 28: 464 cases
  • April 27: 386 cases
  • April 26: 328 cases
  • April 25: 253 cases
  • April 24: 218 cases
  • April 23: 319 cases

73 COVID-19 patients have died from complications.

Vaccine drive

Health Protection Agency also announced that up until April 28, a total of 295,251 people in the Maldives have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 97,339 people had received both doses.

According to the HPA, 982 received their first dose of the vaccine on April 28; 343 from Male' City and 639 from other residential islands. 

Out of the individuals who had received both shots of the vaccine, 4,727 were vaccinated on April 28. HPA stated that 1,933 were from Male' City while 2,794 were from other residential islands in the nation.

The Maldives is using the Astrazeneca-Oxford University developed vaccine as well as the Pfizer vaccine and the Sinopharm vaccine for the national vaccine program.