In the week following the revocation of the public health emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, 2,300 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives. However, there have only been 665 confirmed cases of the virus in the past week.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that from the 27th of last month to last Saturday, 72 people tested positive in Male and 481 people from different islands.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the city of Male has dropped significantly. The total number of positive cases recorded on Friday was 6 and on Saturday it was 7.

While the number of cases has rapidly declined, the number of people tested for the virus has also declined. The positive sampling rate in the Maldives is currently 11%; 4 percent in the Greater Male region.

Last Saturday, 18 cases were reported in different islands. The number of positive cases from the islands has remained stagnant for the past two weeks.

The government has lifted the state of health emergency declared two years ago following the fight against COVID-19. All measures have therefore been relaxed. Statistics released by HPA from March 14-26 show a record 2,342 positive cases since restrictions were eased. They include 184 people from the Greater Male region and 1,938 people from different islands.