Over 77,000 people could become infected with COVID-19: NEOC

New projections have shown that more than 77,000 people may be infected with COVID-19 in the Maldives.

Speaking at the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC)'s daily press conference on Thursday, Dr. Sheena Moosa said the previous projections have changed since a lockdown was imposed on Male' area to minimize the spread of the virus. While the new projected figure shows 77,000 people could be infected with COVID-19 in the Maldives, the revised amounts are still not satisfactory, said the doctor.

The doctor shared details of the expected 'peak' of transmission. According to projections, 1562 people will be infected on the peak day, but actual figures will show about 390 cases due to limitations in testing capacity, said the doctor. The most number of infections recorded on a single day thus far was 191.

While 34 people are expected to be hospitalised on peak day, 13,568 people will require hospitalisation through 15th May to 31st May. 12 people will require treatment from an Intensive Care Unit, and 101 people will be admitted to ICUs during the last two weeks of this month, the projections show.

The Maldives recorded 30 positive cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections identified in the archipelago to 648. Authorities expect a surge in positive cases over the next two weeks and are bracing for the wave.