The number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives has passed the 98,000 mark.

According to the latest figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 384 new cases of Covid-19 and 173 additional healings have been confirmed across the archipelago nation between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

As the sun sets on Sunday, public health officials tested a total of 3,730 samples for infection, of which 153 came back positive from the Grand Malé region, 102 from residential islands outside the capital, 117 from beach resorts. operational and one from a cruise ship.

During the reporting period, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives increased to 98,052.

HPA went on to reveal that the location of 10 cases on Sunday remains undetermined.

Of the more than 3,000 samples, 1,337 samples were tested in the capital, where the Covid-19 positivity rate soared to 11% as the sun went down on Sunday.

With this development, the number of active coronavirus cases across the archipelago nation rose to 3,511 from 3,300 the day before.

With the additional recoveries reported, the total number of patients who have recovered from the virus so far across the country has been pushed to 94,264.

During the reporting period, three patients were hospitalized for treatment, meaning that 18 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 recently. The number of cases in the capital has increased since the New Year. As such, it has been a week since the Maldives confirmed more than 200 infections daily. For this reason, HPA tightened security measures across the Grand Malé region on Sunday, starting Monday.

As such, gatherings, events and parties of more than 50 people are prohibited, and those who organize such gatherings are advised to follow the guidelines set by the authority. In addition, night and city markets have been banned, with sporting activities also closed to the public. In addition to this, those traveling from the capital region will be required to present a negative PCR certification valid 72 hours before if 14 days have passed since the end of the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

In addition, those who have not completed their vaccines will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period and will only be released in the event of a negative PCR result.

HPA said those who travel to the capital’s islands over the next two days have the option to collect a sample, travel and remain in quarantine until their results are obtained or travel and stay. in quarantine until testing is completed and results obtained.

The public health authority has announced that sample collection centers will be open at Thaajuddeen school, Villimalé and the FAM building from Monday.

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, when large groups of people flocked to 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.