Daily confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Maldives topped 300, with active cases surpassing 3,300 by the end of Saturday.

According to the latest figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 337 new cases of Covid-19 and 123 additional healings have been confirmed across the archipelago nation between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

During the reporting period, public health authorities tested a total of 5,361 samples for infection, of which 101 returned positive from the Grand Malé region, 129 from residential islands outside the capital, 99 from resorts. operational seaside resorts and two from a cruise ship.

The public health authority then revealed that the whereabouts of six cases on Saturday remained undetermined.

Of the more than 5,000 samples, 1,742 samples were tested in the capital, where the Covid-19 positivity rate was 6% at sunset on Saturday.

That means the number of active coronavirus cases across the archipelago nation rose to 3,300 from 3,086 the day before.

With this development, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives currently stands at 97,668.

The additional reported recoveries have pushed the total number of patients who have recovered from the virus so far across the country to 94,091.

Three patients were hospitalized for treatment during the baseline period, meaning that 15 are currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Although the Maldives has kept the number of Covid-19 cases low daily in the capital region in recent months, cases in the capital have increased in recent days. Public health authorities have reported high numbers for the Peripheral Atoll in recent months, however, the number of cases in the capital has increased since the New Year. As such, it has been six days since the Maldives have confirmed more. than 200 daily infections.

From January 2 to 8, 1,777 new cases were confirmed nationwide. This is a high figure compared to the 856 recoveries reported in the past week.

The Maldives reported their first Covid-19 related death in April 2020 and since then the death toll has risen to 264. Two Covid-19 related deaths have been confirmed so far in January 2022.

The Maldives confirmed on December 5, 2021 the first case of the new, more transmissible variant of Covid-19, “Omicron”. Since then, the public health authority has revealed that more cases have surfaced.

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 that of others and to pay particular attention to the 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.

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).

At a time when the number of cases has increased, the island nation recently celebrated the New Year, where large groups of people have thronged the suburbs of the capital and other areas to welcome the New Year. It should be noted that the number of cases also increased after the New Year last year.

The public has been urged to get vaccinated, to follow established guidelines when organizing events and gatherings, and even in the work environment to prevent the risk of widespread infection.

The country has been in a state of public health emergency for almost two years now, since March 12, 2020. It was extended for a 22nd time to expire on January 29.