The Maldives reported 771 new cases of Covid-19.

This was revealed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in its latest figures released on Monday.

Thus, between July 3 and July 9, 192 cases were reported in the congested capital, the Greater Male region, 304 in residential islands outside the capital and 275 cases of Covid-19 were reported in others, including industrial islands, cruise ships and resorts.

HPA then revealed that new hospital admissions recorded over the past week stood at 31.

With this development, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives rose to 183,491. The country’s Covid-19 death toll currently stands at 307, with two new covid-19 related deaths recorded in the past week .

The Maldives reported its first Covid-19 related death in April 2020.

Last week, the country saw an alarming increase in the number of reported Covid-19 cases. Thus, the weekly number of reported cases increased to 1202, compared to 405 cases reported the previous week.

HPA went on to reveal that while only three hospital admissions were recorded between March 30 and April 2, they have gradually increased. It fell to one in the first week of May and rose to 17 between June 12 and June 18.

The number of hospital admissions has since risen alarmingly, to 54 between June 26 and July 2.

As for weekly cases which have also increased gradually over the past few months, 120 new cases were confirmed in the first week of May. 77 new cases were confirmed in the following week. HPA confirmed 102 new infections from May 15-21 and 91 from May 22-28.

84 new cases were reported between May 29 and June 4. This number rose to 142 between June 5 and 11 and to 405 in the week that followed. The past two weeks have seen a record high of more than 1,000 cases, the highest numbers reported in recent months. Thus, from June 19 to 25, 1,202 new cases of covid were reported, followed by 1,134 new cases of covid-19 reported between June 16 and July 2.

Last week saw a decrease in covid-19 cases compared to the previous week.

The state of health emergency declared throughout the territory on March 12, 2020 was dissolved as of March 13, 2022.

HPA announced a number of measures to tighten health and safety restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 across the island nation earlier in March.

As such, the face mask mandate that came into force in the Maldives in February 2021 has also been dissolved. However, with the recent surge in cases, the authority again urged to start using face masks, with HPA urging the public to be cautious, against a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

HPA has urged the public to be more vigilant in adhering to safety precautions, to self-isolate and to undergo Covid-19 testing if showing symptoms.

The public health authority then encouraged the public to continue using masks if they are considered high risk or have high risk people around them, when in public, if they shows symptoms, if attending large gatherings or events. crowds of people, while using public transport vehicles such as taxis, buses and ferries as well as during indoor activities and other places where public services are provided.

As places that provide health services are usually full of high-risk people, HPA urged people to wear face masks when visiting hospitals, health centers and clinics for everyone’s safety. The public health authority also urged people to limit hospital visits and not to visit hospitals unless necessary.

HPA also urged those showing symptoms of Covid-19 to use face masks, self-isolate as soon as they detect symptoms and get tested.

The public was also asked to keep public and open spaces clean and disinfected at all times, on a regular basis.

Stressing the importance of regular hand sanitizing and washing, HPA also urged the public to get their doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as well as the flu.

Urging travelers to ensure that the Covid-19 situation in their travel destinations is controlled, HPA revealed that travelers should take the necessary precautions before making their reservations and ensure that they are fully vaccinated before traveling. travel.

The public health authority also urged the public to refrain from organizing and attending large gatherings unless absolutely necessary. Organizers have been urged to adhere to the guidelines and safety precautions in place when planning events.

Authorities have yet to reveal plans to formally implement tougher measures against the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.