HPA advises caution over increased COVID-19, flu 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) has advised the public to exercise caution over increased cases of COVID-19 and viral flu.

COVID-19 cases recorded have relatively been low since the last quarter of last year.

However, weekly COVID-19 statistics publicized by HPA on Monday show 84 cases were reported last week; 73 cases from Male’ area and 11 cases from other regions. Only 39 cases had been reported in the previous week – therewith – an increase of 45 cases. This marks the first time the greatest number of cases have been recorded since early November.

Starting early November, COVID-19 cases recorded had continuously decreased week by week. Till late March, weekly cases averaged between 15 and 20.

COVID-19-related hospitalization recorded last week had also increased compared to previous weeks. As per HPA’s statistics – COVID-19 hospitalizations last peaked during late October and early November with 25 people. Till mid-March, hospitalization remained below 10.

However, 17 hospitalizations were recorded last week, while 16 were recorded the week before.

Meanwhile, 30,628 cases of flu have been reported as per the latest statistics from HPA.

Therewith, HPA has advised the public to take preventive measures against both diseases.

In this regard, they highlighted precautionary measures that can be taken to protect oneself from COVID-19 and flu.

In this regard, HPA recommended getting tested as soon as possible if showcasing symptoms of flu; wearing masks, properly covering both nose and mouth, social distancing in public and frequently washing hands, or sanitizing.

They advise against going to crowded places if showcasing symptoms of flu and urged high-risk people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. They stressed on the importance of eligible persons getting booster shots as well.

HPA advised those showcasing flu symptoms to keep their distance from high-risk people, and to make hospital visits with as less companions as possible. They also highly urged children, elderly and pregnant women to avoid hospital visits, unless necessary.