With nearly 300 new Covid-19 infections, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Maldives has risen to 179,171.

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

Thus, statistics revealed that between April 17 and 23, a total of 288 new Covid-19 infections were confirmed, including 37 in the congested capital of Greater Male, 205 in residential islands outside the capital. and 46 reported in others, including industrial islands. , cruise ships and resorts.

The Maldives reported its first Covid-19 related death in April 2020. The country’s coronavirus death toll currently stands at 298. No new deaths were reported in the past week.

No new infections were reported in the congested capital on Saturday, making it the first time in many months.

Over the past week, the highest number of Covid-19 cases were reported on Tuesday, at 84, while cases dropped to 24 on Friday. The number of cases in the outlying atolls remains high, despite the low number of cases reported in the capital.

While the sample positivity rate across the country rose to 36% in early February after being held at 4% in December 2021, it has since declined.

Sample positivity in the capital region reached 45% in early February, when the Maldives was plunged into a crushing outbreak of the Omicron variant.

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. The move also coincided with the start of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Although face masks are no longer mandatory, the public should continue to use face masks where health services are provided, including staff, patients and visitors.

Additionally, residents of islands or areas with a Covid-19 positivity rate above 20% are still required to use face masks.

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.

The changes were made after a thorough analysis of the current pandemic situation.

Thus, some of the key points taken into consideration when revoking the state of health emergency, exactly two years after its imposition, include the fact that the Covid-19 situation in most islands and regions is improving as well. success in keeping hospitalization and death rates low.

Furthermore, HPA revealed that a majority of the population has completed the first two doses of the vaccination, as the administration of booster doses continues to increase.

It was also revealed that the response to Covid-19 will continue in accordance with the “Covid-19 strategy” and that measures will be taken according to the current situation of Covid-19, even if the public health emergency has been revoked.

Additionally, inbound travelers can now enter the Maldives without presenting a negative PCR certification and travelers are no longer required to present PCR test results, even if they have not completed the Covid-19 vaccination.

From March 13, 2022, incoming travelers are also not required to remain in quarantine, even if they are not fully vaccinated.

Despite these relaxations, screening of symptomatic people, isolation of positive people and quarantine of contacts of positive people will continue.

It comes at a time when the Maldives recently went through a crushing spike in Covid-19, following celebrations at the start of the New Year.