Of the nearly 1,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in the Maldives as of sunset on Friday, 475 were detected in the congested capital Malé City.

According to the latest figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), a total of 967 new cases of Covid-19 and 203 additional recoveries were confirmed in the archipelago between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday.

It is the 11th day in a row that the Maldives has reported alarming daily figures, particularly in the congested capital region.

The remaining cases included 290 detected on residential islands, 87 at operating resorts and two from a cruise ship.

Public health authorities tested a total of 7,505 samples for the infection of which 4,277 samples were tested in the capital, where the Covid-19 positivity rate currently stands at 11%.

During the reporting period, active coronavirus cases jumped to 5,881 from 5,118 the previous day.

With this development, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives rose to 101,418.

As of sunset Friday, the total number of patients who have recovered from the virus so far across the country had risen to 95,259.

Hospital admissions fell to 22 during the reporting period, with three patients discharged.

The Maldives reported its first death from Covid-19 in April 2020 and since then the death toll has risen to 265. The latest victim was a Bangladeshi national who was pronounced dead by doctors at the Feydhoo District Health Center in Addu City on Friday morning. Three Covid-19 deaths have been confirmed so far in January 2022.

Although the Maldives has kept the number of Covid-19 cases at low daily figures in the capital region in recent months, cases in the capital have recently increased. The number of cases in the capital has increased since the New Year. Thus, it has been eight days since the Maldives confirmed more than 200 daily infections. For this reason, HPA on Sunday reinforced security measures in the Greater Male region, effective Monday.

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

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

HPA said those traveling to the islands from the capital in the next two days have the option of taking a sample, traveling and remaining in quarantine until their results are obtained or traveling and remaining in quarantine. until the tests are performed and the results are obtained.

The public health authority revealed that sample collection centers will be opened at Thaajuddeen School, Villimalé and the FAM building. The social center sampling center was moved to Thaajuddeen School and a new one was opened in the FAM building due to increased demand following travel restrictions.

At a time when the number of cases has risen, the island nation recently celebrated the New Year, where large groups of people thronged to the capital’s suburbs 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 for hosting events and gatherings and even in the work environment to prevent the risk of widespread infection.

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 revealed that more cases have surfaced.

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 almost two years now, since March 12, 2020. It was extended for a 22nd time to expire on January 29.