COVID-19: Maldives records 253 new cases

People gathered to watch the sunset in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Wednesday, announced 253 additional cases of the new coronavirus, increasing confirmed coronavirus cases in Maldives to 26,920.

According to HPA, the 253 new cases include; 111 cases from the greater Male’ region, 61 cases from residential islands outside Male’, 64 cases from operational resorts, and 17 cases from industrial islands.

Meanwhile, 132 additional coronavirus patients were confirmed to have made full recoveries over the last 24 hours, increasing total recoveries to 23,935.

With the new developments, Maldives now has 2,905 active cases.

There are 83 patients in hospitals.

3,286 samples (including repeated samples) have been tested for the new coronavirus over the last 24-hours.

With the 253 new infections this Wednesday, 1,076 people have tested positive over the last one-week period.

April 21: 253 cases

April 20: 162 cases

April 19: 157 cases

April 18: 203 cases

April 17: 124 cases

April 16: 82 cases

April 15: 95 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.

71 coronavirus patients have died from complications.