Daily COVID-19 stats: 51 new cases, one death

The Maldives has recorded its fourth COVID-19 related death.

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), an 88 year old local man admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of Dharumavantha Hospital succumbed to the illness late Wednesday night. The deceased is the widowed spouse of the first person to die from COVID-19 in the Maldives, who passed away on April 30.

Meanwhile, the Indian Ocean archipelago recorded 51 new positive cases on Wednesday, bringing the national tally to 955. The new cases include 12 Maldivians, 11 Bangladeshi nationals, 26 Indians, one Sri Lankan and one Nepali. The country also recorded eight new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 40.

According to the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), 1403 people are currently held at quarantine facilities while 909 people are in isolation.

Authorities have warned that the number of positive cases could surge within the next 14 days, and warned of the possibility of reaching the peak of infections during this period. The government is bracing for the wave, and are trying to increase testing capacity ahead of the surge.