Maldives records ninth COVID-19 fatality this month, death toll at 274

Funeral workers lower the coffin of a COVID-19 victim at Hulhumale' Cemetery on May 28, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldives has recorded the ninth COVID-19 fatality this month.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated tonight that a COVID-19 patient admitted at Hulhumale’ Medical Facility has passed away today.

HPA identified the deceased as an 84-year-old Maldivian man. He passed away at 4:53pm this evening.

His death increases the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the Maldives to 274.

The last COVID-19 death recorded in the Maldives prior to this was just earlier today; a 73-year-old Maldivian man who was being treated on ventilator in Hulhumale Medical Facility.

Maldives is currently battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, fueled by the new and more contagious omicron variant. Health experts expect the cases to peak by the end of January or beginning of February. 

Within the last 24 hours, HPA announced 2,813 additional cases of COVID-19, increasing confirmed cases in Maldives to 125,590.     

Meanwhile, 2,805 additional COVID-19 patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 108,632.    

With the new developments, Maldives now has 16,673 active cases.      

There are 57 patients in hospitals.