'Current surge in infections will not be the last'

The Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC)'s Technical Advisory Group has urged the public to continue taking vigilant measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking at a press conference held Thursday, TAG team member Dr. Ahmed Shaheed said the current surge in infections will not be the last, and new surges are likely to occur in the future. Therefore, it is important to learn to live with the disease. In order to prevent the situation from worsening again, precautionary measures must be practiced, Dr. Shaheed added. This includes avoiding crowded areas, proper use of masks, and frequent handwashing and sanitization, said the doctor.

He also stressed the importance of society as a whole taking precautionary measures to protect those vulnerable to the disease. He further highlighted the possibility of the emergence of new variants and said more time will be needed to build immunity against variants even if the population is vaccinated.

The Maldives has registered 69,536 cases of CVOVID-19 and 192 deaths to date. The COVID-19 situation has been improving over the past few days with daily numbers falling from above 1000 to below 400.