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COVID-19: close to 600 positive cases recorded within the past 24 hours.

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Close to 600 positive cases of COVID-19 has been recorded in the Maldives within the past 24 hours. According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) statistics, 593 cases of COVID-19 was recorded within the past 24 hours. While 5818 samples were tested, 199 samples from the capital city region were tested positive while 197 were from other islands.

Additionally, 124 samples from resort islands were tested positive. 73 samples from unknown sources have also been tested positive according to the HPA.

This brings the total number of positive cases up to 99,099 of which 4,320 are active cases. While the number of patients receiving treatment in hospital is considerably lower compared to the previous waves of the virus, it now stands at 20. Throughout the pandemic 264 people have died in the Maldives due to COVID-19.

While there is a clear spike in the number of cases, the Government’s efforts to administer booster doses for the public has been hindered by the difficulties in procuring the syringe needed to administer the vaccine. The situation is further exacerbated by the rising number of Omicron cases in the Maldives, with over 8 cases detected just this week.

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England lifts COVID-19 pandemic restriction-Omicron marks end of the pandemic.

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England has lifted its restrictions implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at a press conference at Downing Street, Health Secretary Sajid Javad stated that the England will be lifting the restrictions implemented in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic but the legal requirement to self-isolate if tested positive for the virus will continue.

While Health Secretary Sajid Javad stated that it was a major milestone, he also stated that “It’s not the end of the road and we shouldn’t see this as the finish line because we cannot eradicate this virus and its future variants. Instead we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we have to live with flu”.

This has also meant that the work-from-home guidance would be ending with the majority of the nation’s workforce reverting to pre-pandemic work schedules. Additionally, students will also be no longer required to wear masks at schools.

Moreover, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also confirmed that the Government plans to end the legal requirement for positive cases to isolate by late March, but may move the date forward.

The U.S. has also hinted that the pandemic may be heading towards an end. Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that the Omicron variant may mark the end of the pandemic.

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COVID-19: Restriction levels raised to “Red” as new cases surge.

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The Health Protection Agency (HPA) of Maldives has raised its restriction level from “Orange” to “Red” following the massive new wave of COVID-19.

According to the Health Protection Agency, the restriction status was raised due to the increasing number of new daily positive cases. The Health Ministry’s Quality Assurance Commissioner Thasleema Usmaan stated that the restriction levels were updated to raise public awareness on the raising number of COVID-19 cases.

On 16th January 2022 over 1,209 positive cases were recorded at “Orange” level and on 17th January 2022 the status was changed to “Red” with an additional 1,420 new cases. While the numbers are high, it is still considerably lower than the last time the restrictions levels were raised to “Red”. On the last occasion the levels were raised to “Red”, 2,194 new daily cases were recorded.

According to the statistics by HPA, a total of 105,001 positive cases has been recorded in the Maldives of which 6,456 are active cases. While only 32 of the active cases are receiving treatment at the COVID-19 facilities, 265 people have passed away due to the disease.

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COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000 in the Maldives.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the Maldives has surpassed 100,000 according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

This comes just 4 days after the Health Ministry revealed that the current surge in cases was due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and that they expect the new wave to affect the whole nation.

The emergence of the Omicron variant in the Maldives has meant that the number of new daily cases has once again spiked with over 816 new cases recorded yesterday. This is the highest number of new cases recorded within the past 7 months.

Among the 816 new cases, 413 were from the capital city while 249 were from other inhabited islands and 92 were from resort islands. This brings up the active COVID-19 cases in the Maldives to 5,118 of which 25 people are admitted to hospitals and receiving treatment. The Maldives has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in relation to its population. As of now over 18.4% of the population has been infected with the disease since the pandemic began.

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