COVID-19 cases cross 2,000 in Maldives

MALE (Xinhua) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Maldives has crossed 2,000, local media reported yesterday.

The total number of cases in the Maldives stands at 2,013, with 794 of these being active patients and eight currently hospitalised for treatment, according to the latest data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

So far, 1,217 people have fully recovered from the virus and the country’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 60 per cent. Eight COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, with half of them being over the age of 80.

Around 65 per cent of all confirmed cases in the Maldives have been foreign nationals, mostly migrant workers from Bangladesh. Migrants have been vulnerable to infections due to their poor housing conditions, and the government has been working to repatriate these workers to their countries of origin.

The first case of COVID-19 was detected in the Maldives on March 7 and the country declared a state of Public Health Emergency on March 12. Community transfer of the virus was detected in capital Male on April 15, leading to a spike in cases.

Currently, there are 306 individuals in quarantine and 789 in isolation.

With the rate of infection has slowed, the Maldives is planning to gradually re-open its borders to tourists in July.