The number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives has exceeded 95,000 with more than 100 new infections confirmed on Monday.
Monday is the eighth day in a row that the Maldives has reported more than 100 cases of the coronavirus, according to the latest figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
168 new infections and 121 additional recoveries were reported between 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday.
With this development, active cases of Covid-19 across the Maldives rose to 2,079 from 2,032 the day before.
4,223 samples were tested for the virus during the reporting period, of which 44 returned positive from the crowded capital, the Grand Malé region, 73 from residential islands outside the capital, 50 from operational resorts and one from the ‘a cruise ship.
This means that the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives currently stands at 95,032, with recoveries having risen to 92,679.
As the sun set on Monday, two Covid-19 patients were discharged from the hospital, with whom hospital admissions fell to eight.
The Maldives reported their first death linked to Covid-19 in April 2020 and since then the death toll has risen to 261. The latest victim has been identified as a 66-year-old Maldivian. He succumbed to complications from the virus while receiving treatment at the Gaaf Dhaal Covid Management Facility. 11 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported so far in December.
The Maldives confirmed on December 5 the first case of the new, more transmissible variant of Covid-19, “Omicron”.
HPA pointed out that the first case of the new variant was confirmed by the sequencing of the genome of a tourist who arrived in the Maldives from South Africa on November 21. Since then, the public health authority has revealed that more cases have been detected.
The public health authority has called for caution in confirming ‘Omicron’ in the Maldives, urging the public to take necessary precautions for their safety and the safety of others and to pay particular attention to instructions and guidelines set out by them. authorities.
HPA stressed the importance of respecting security measures to prevent another wave of Covid-19 from hitting the Maldives and urged the public to provide their full support and cooperation to help authorities curb the spread of the disease. ‘infection.
Public health officials have urged the public to get vaccinated, adhere to established guidelines when organizing events and gatherings, and even in the work environment to prevent the risk of widespread infection.
It comes at a time when the government recently imposed a travel ban from seven African countries, triggered by “Omicron” threats. Travelers were banned from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Eswatini, including those who visited these countries 14 days before arriving in the Maldives, as well as those who have passed through these countries for more than 12 hours.
In addition, the announcement says those who have traveled to the Maldives after spending more than 14 days in those countries and more than 12 hours in transit, must observe a 14-day quarantine period.
These new measures were implemented at a time when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also revealed that there were growing concerns about the more transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2 “Omicron”.
Research indicates that those who have recovered from Covid-19 are at high risk of contracting the new variant, which has been labeled a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The country has been in a state of health emergency for more than a year, since March 12, 2020. It was extended for a 21st time to expire on December 30.