Daily COVID-19 stats: 41 new cases; tally at 785

An additional 41 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives. This brings the total number of cases recorded in the archipelago to 785.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced 22 positive cases on Saturday afternoon. Speaking at the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC)'s press briefing on Saturday night, Spokesperson of NEOC Mohamed Mabrook Azeez announced 19 additional cases. The total number of positive cases has now increased to 785, out of which 256 people are locals and the remaining 528 people are foreigners.

Mabrook said 5,180 people have been identified as contacts of positive cases recorded thus far, and 291 locations are on monitoring status. While 719 people are currently in isolation facilities, 1521 people are quarantined at the moment.

The country has recorded three COVID-19 related deaths thus far; two locals and one foreigner. Authorities expect a surge in positive cases over the next two weeks.