With 4 new deaths, COVID-19 fatalities rise to 165

Graves of people buried at Hulhumale' Cemetery after losing their lives to COVID-19. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed four new COVID-19 fatalities in Maldives on early Tuesday; three in the capital and one in B. Atoll.

The first fatality was a 70-year-old Maldivian male admitted to Hulhumale’ Medical Facility. He passed away at 03:41 am.

The second fatality was an 87-year-old Maldivian male admitted to B. Atoll Covid Management Facility. He passed away an hour later, at 04:40 am.

The third fatality was a 50-year-old Maldivian male admitted to Hulhumale’ Medical Facility. He passed away at 05:46 am.

The fourth fatality was a 59-year-old Maldivian female admitted to Hulhumale’ Medical Facility. She passed away less than an hour later, at 06:14 am.

With the four new cases this Tuesday, COVID-19 fatalities in Maldives now stands at 165.

Maldives has been experiencing a surge in both infection rate and fatalities in recent weeks.

Last May saw the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in a single month, with 88 deaths.

Maldives has 64,396 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 710 new cases recorded on Monday. 40,117 patients have since recovered.

The country currently has 24,109 active cases. 204 of the patients are hospitalized.

The surge in cases has prompted health authorities to tighten restrictions, both in the populous Male’ City area and other residential areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases.