50-year-old woman dies in Dhangethi, increasing COVID death toll to 272

ADh. Dhangethi Health Center. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced on Wednesday that a COVID-19 patient admitted at the health center in ADh. Dhangethi has passed away.    

HPA identified the deceased as a 50-year-old Maldivian female.    

She passed away at 12:24 am on Wednesday. 

“This is the 272nd COVID-19 death in the Maldives,” confirmed HPA in a tweet.   

It marks the first COVID-19 death in Dhangethi, and the eighth death nation-wide in January.    

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. 

Maldives has 122,777 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 2,609 new cases recorded on Tuesday. 105,827 patients have since recovered.        

The country currently has 16,666 active cases. 57 of the patients are hospitalized.