Daily COVID-19 stats: 2 new cases, 64 recoveries

The Maldives on Sunday recorded its lowest number of recent COVID-19 cases with two new cases.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said only two samples out of the tests conducted over the past 24 hours came back positive for COVID-19. The new cases are of two Maldivian nationals, increasing the total number of cases identified in the Maldives to 1903.

The number of positive cases in the Maldives have been declining over the past few days. Some have accused authorities of under-testing, an accusation that the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) has denied. According to NEOC, 600 to 900 samples are tested daily. 30,021 samples have been collected for testing to date.

HPA also announced 64 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 827. The government on Saturday announced that PCR testing will no longer be conducted on asymptomatic COVID-19 patients before declaring them as recovered, as per new WHO guidelines.

The Maldives have recorded 8 COVID-19 deaths until now.