COVID-19: 192 new infections; 3,306 vaccinated

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 Tuesday, announced 192 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 17,101.

According to HPA, the 192 new cases include; 154 cases from the greater Male’ region, 11 cases from residential islands outside Male’, and 27 cases from operational resorts.

Meanwhile, 50 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 14,822.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 2,216 active cases.

There are 204 patients in hospitals.

442,549 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus to date.

With the 192 new infections this Tuesday, 946 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

February 9: 192 cases

February 8: 126 cases

February 7: 127 cases

February 6: 109 cases

February 5: 137 cases

February 4: 134 cases

February 3: 121 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.

56 coronavirus patients have died from complications.


Maldives began mass vaccinations against the new coronavirus on February 1.  HPA states 3,306 people were vaccinated on Tuesday. Of the 3,306 people, 2,792 were from the greater Male’ region while 514 were from the atolls.

Total 16,251 people have now been inoculated under program; 13,418 from the greater Male’ region and 2,833 from the atolls.

Maldives received a donation of 100,000 doses of the Covishield developed AstraZeneca and Oxford in January and has ordered 700,000 more doses of the same vaccine – which they expect to receive in March. Meanwhile, China also donated 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine – which have yet to arrive in Maldives. The donation follows 5,000 doses of the same vaccine donated by well-wishers from China.

Maldives also expects to receive the first shipment of vaccines from World Health Organization (WHO) this February.