COVID-19: Number of cases reach 129 with 19 new cases

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Male' region has reached 109.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said 18 people tested positive for the virus on Friday, bringing the total number of infections detected in the Maldives to 129. 23 people tested positive for the virus the previous day, the highest recorded number of cases in one day to date.

Among those who tested positive for the virus on Friday are a four year old Sri Lankan child, an Indian national, 2 Bangladeshi nationals and 14 Maldivians. A 12 year old child, her parents and an elderly person over the age of 60 are also among the infected. An additional Bangladeshi national tested positive during the early hours of Saturday.

Speaking at the daily press briefing by National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), Dr. Ibrahim Afzal said contact tracing of the newly identified cases are currently ongoing. A new cluster has also been identified among the cases that were discovered on Friday, said the doctor.

Male' city has been on lockdown since the discovery of the first case of local transmission in Male' city on April 15. The number of positive cases keep increasing day by day.