Active Covid-19 cases in the Maldives have fallen to 15,211 as recoveries continue to rise.

According to the latest figures made public by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), a total of 517 new cases of Covid-19 and 660 additional recoveries were confirmed between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

During the reporting period, a total of 2,842 samples were tested, of which 537 were collected in the capital where the Covid-19 positivity rate currently stands at 5%.

The whereabouts of the 28 cases confirmed by sunset on Saturday are yet to be determined.

Saturday’s Covid-19 cases include 63 detected in the Greater Male region, 382 in residential islands and 44 in operational resorts.

By sunset on Saturday, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives had risen to 169,148.

HPA revealed that the total number of confirmed recoveries in the archipelago nation so far has risen to 153,628.

Six patients were discharged from hospital during the reporting period, with which hospital admissions fell to 14.

The Maldives reported its first Covid-19 related death in April 2020. The total number of confirmed deaths in the island nation stands at 296.

The country has been in a state of health emergency for almost two years now, since March 12, 2020. The last extension is due to expire on February 28.

Although the Maldives kept the number of Covid-19 cases at low daily figures in the capital region towards the end of 2021, cases in the capital had increased at the start of the year. For this reason, HPA has reinforced security measures in the Greater Male region. However, the number of cases has decreased in recent days.

On February 22, HPA dissolved the regulation mandating PCR tests for those traveling to the islands from the capital, changing guidelines issued on January 9.

As such, HPA revealed that the changes include the dissolution of the regulation which required valid PCR test results 72 hours prior, when traveling to residential islands from the capital Male.

In addition, HPA revealed that the limit on the number of people allowed to participate in rallies and attend events as well as ceremonies in the capital has been revoked.

While HPA also banned spectators from attending sporting events in the capital due to an alarming spike in Covid-19 infections, it has since been revoked.

However, the public has been asked to continue to organize events and other similar activities in accordance with the recommendations and instructions in place for the safety of people.

PCR tests were made compulsory for travelers from the capital to the atolls in January, when the Maldives was plunged into a growing virus outbreak.

It has seen queues at PCR test centers overcrowded and congested with several people standing in line for hours to get their tests done.