COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationMaldives
First outbreakWuhan, China, via Italy
Index caseKuredu Resort & Spa
Arrival date7 March 2020
(1 year, 2 months and 1 day)
Confirmed cases34,134
Active cases8,261
Recovered25,782
Deaths
82
Fatality rate0.24%
Government website
covid19.health.gov.mv/en

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have spread to the Maldives on 7 March 2020 from a 69-year-old Italian tourist who had returned to Italy after spending holidays in Kuredu Resort & Spa.[1][2] The Health Protection Agency of the Maldives confirmed two cases in the Maldives, both employees of the resort. Following this, the hotel was locked down with several tourists stranded on the island.[3] As of 11 March, the islands resorts of Kuredu, Vilamendhoo, Batalaa and Kuramathi island have also been placed under temporary quarantine. Schools have been closed as a precaution.[4]

Cases in the country spiked after a cluster emerged in the country's migrant worker community's dense living quarters, mostly composed of Bangladeshi, Indian and Nepali migrant workers in May 2020.[5] 2,420 foreigners have tested positive in the country with 1,857 Bangladeshi migrant workers have tested positive for the virus.[6] The Maldivian government plans to relocate 3,000 Bangladeshi foreign workers to other islands in order to enable social distancing.[7]

Background[edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[8][9]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[10][11] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[12][10]

Timeline[edit]

COVID-19 cases in the Maldives  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMay
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-07
2(n.a.)
2020-03-08
4(+100%)
2020-03-09
6(+50%)
2020-03-10
8(+33%)
8(=)
2020-03-13
10(+25%)
2020-03-14
11(+10%)
2020-03-15
13(+18%)
13(=)
2020-03-20
13(=)
2020-03-21
13(=)
2020-03-22
13(=)
2020-03-23
13(=)
2020-03-24
13(=)
2020-03-25
13(=)
2020-03-26
13(=)
2020-03-27
16(+23%)
2020-03-28
17(+6.2%)
2020-03-29
17(=)
2020-03-30
17(=)
2020-03-31
18(+5.9%)
2020-04-01
19(+5.6%)
19(=)
2020-04-11
20(+5.3%)
2020-04-12
20(=)
2020-04-13
20(=)
2020-04-14
20(=)
2020-04-15
23(+15%)
2020-04-16
25(+8.7%)
2020-04-17
31(+24%)
2020-04-18
35(+13%)
2020-04-19
60(+71%)
2020-04-20
79(+32%)
2020-04-21
85(+7.6%)
2020-04-22
94(+11%)
2020-04-23
113(+20%)
2020-04-24
132(+17%)
2020-04-25
177(+34%)
2020-04-26
214(+21%)
2020-04-27
229(+7%)
2020-04-28
250(+9.2%)
2020-04-29
289(+16%) 1(n.a.)
2020-04-30
468(+62%) 1(=)
2020-05-01
496(+6%) 1(=)
2020-05-02
524(+5.6%) 1(=)
2020-05-03
531(+1.3%) 1(=)
2020-05-04
551(+3.8%) 1(=)
2020-05-05
582(+5.6%) 2(+100%)
2020-05-06
634(+8.9%) 2(=)
2020-05-07
700(+10%) 3(+50%)
2020-05-08
745(+6.4%) 3(=)
2020-05-09
792(+6.3%) 3(=)
2020-05-10
861(+8.7%) 3(=)
2020-05-11
897(+4.2%) 3(=)
2020-05-12
955(+6.5%) 4(+33%)
2020-05-13
970(+1.6%) 4(=)
2020-05-14
982(+1.2%) 4(=)
2020-05-15
1,020(+3.9%) 4(=)
2020-05-16
1,078(+5.7%) 4(=)
2020-05-17
1,094(+1.5%) 4(=)
2020-05-18
1,106(+1.1%) 4(=)
2020-05-19
1,143(+3.3%) 4(=)
2020-05-20
1,186(+3.8%) 4(=)
2020-05-21
1,216(+2.5%) 4(=)
2020-05-22
1,274(+4.8%) 4(=)
2020-05-23
1,313(+3.1%) 4(=)
2020-05-24
1,371(+4.4%) 4(=)
2020-05-25
1,395(+1.8%) 4(=)
2020-05-26
1,438(+3.1%) 5(+25%)
2020-05-27
1,457(+1.3%) 5(=)
2020-05-28
1,513(+3.8%) 5(=)
2020-05-29
1,591(+5.2%) 5(=)
2020-05-30
1,672(+5.1%) 5(=)
2020-05-31
1,773(+6%) 5(=)
2020-06-01
1,829(+3.2%) 6(+20%)
2020-06-02
1,841(+0.66%) 7(+17%)
2020-06-03
1,850(+0.49%) 7(=)
2020-06-04
1,872(+1.2%) 7(=)
2020-06-05
1,883(+0.59%) 7(=)
2020-06-06
1,901(+0.96%) 8(+14%)
2020-06-07
1,903(+0.11%) 8(=)
2020-06-08
1,916(+0.68%) 8(=)
2020-06-09
1,942(+1.4%) 8(=)
2020-06-10
1,962(+1%) 8(=)
2020-06-11
1,976(+0.71%) 8(=)
2020-06-12
2,003(+1.4%) 8(=)
2020-06-13
2,013(+0.5%) 8(=)
2020-06-14
2,035(+1.1%) 8(=)
2020-06-15
2,065(+1.5%) 8(=)
2020-06-16
2,094(+1.4%) 8(=)
2020-06-17
2,120(+1.2%) 8(=)
2020-06-18
2,137(+0.8%) 8(=)
2020-06-19
2,150(+0.61%) 8(=)
2020-06-20
2,187(+1.7%) 8(=)
2020-06-21
2,203(+0.73%) 8(=)
2020-06-22
2,217(+0.64%) 8(=)
2020-06-23
2,238(+0.95%) 8(=)
2020-06-24
2,261(+1%) 8(=)
2020-06-25
2,277(+0.71%) 8(=)
2020-06-26
2,283(+0.26%) 8(=)
2020-06-27
2,305(+0.96%) 8(=)
2020-06-28
2,324(+0.82%) 8(=)
2020-06-29
2,337(+0.56%) 8(=)
2020-06-30
2,361(+1%) 9(+12%)
2020-07-01
2,382(+0.89%) 9(=)
2020-07-02
2,400(+0.76%) 10(+11%)
2020-07-03
2,410(+0.42%) 10(=)
2020-07-04
2,435(+1%) 10(=)
2020-07-05
2,468(+1.4%) 11(+10%)
2020-07-06
2,491(+0.93%) 12(+9.1%)
2020-07-07
2,501(+0.4%) 12(=)
2020-07-08
2,517(+0.64%) 13(+8.3%)
2020-07-09
2,553(+1.4%) 13(=)
2020-07-10
2,617(+2.5%) 13(=)
2020-07-11
2,664(+1.8%) 13(=)
2020-07-12
2,731(+2.5%) 13(=)
2020-07-13
2,762(+1.1%) 13(=)
2020-07-14
2,801(+1.4%) 14(+7.7%)
2020-07-15
2,831(+1.1%) 14(=)
2020-07-16
2,899(+2.4%) 15(+7.1%)
2020-07-17
2,913(+0.48%) 15(=)
2020-07-18
2,930(+0.58%) 15(=)
2020-07-19
2,966(+1.2%) 15(=)
2020-07-20
2,999(+1.1%) 15(=)
2020-07-21
3,044(+1.5%) 15(=)
2020-07-22
3,103(+1.9%) 15(=)
2020-07-23
3,120(+0.55%) 15(=)
2020-07-24
3,175(+1.8%) 15(=)
2020-07-25
3,252(+2.4%) 15(=)
2020-07-26
3,302(+1.5%) 15(=)
2020-07-27
3,369(+2%) 15(=)
2020-07-28
3,506(+4.1%) 15(=)
2020-07-29
3,567(+1.7%) 15(=)
2020-07-30
3,719(+4.3%) 16(+6.7%)
2020-07-31
3,793(+2%) 16(=)
2020-08-01
3,949(+4.1%) 17(+6.2%)
2020-08-02
4,164(+5.4%) 18(+5.9%)
2020-08-03
4,293(+3.1%) 18(=)
2020-08-04
4,446(+3.6%) 19(+5.6%)
2020-08-05
4,594(+3.3%) 19(=)
2020-08-06
4,680(+1.9%) 19(=)
2020-08-07
4,769(+1.9%) 19(=)
2020-08-08
4,898(+2.7%) 19(=)
2020-08-09
5,041(+2.9%) 19(=)
2020-08-10
5,157(+2.3%) 19(=)
2020-08-11
5,223(+1.3%) 20(+5.3%)
2020-08-12
5,366(+2.7%) 21(+5%)
2020-08-13
5,494(+2.4%) 21(=)
2020-08-14
5,572(+1.4%) 22(+4.8%)
2020-08-15
5,679(+1.9%) 22(=)
2020-08-16
5,785(+1.9%) 22(=)
2020-08-17
5,909(+2.1%) 23(+4.5%)
2020-08-18
6,079(+2.9%) 24(+4.3%)
2020-08-19
6,225(+2.4%) 24(=)
2020-08-20
6,370(+2.3%) 24(=)
2020-08-21
6,564(+3%) 26(+8.3%)
2020-08-22
6,660(+1.5%) 26(=)
2020-08-23
6,779(+1.8%) 26(=)
2020-08-24
6,912(+2%) 27(+3.8%)
2020-08-25
7,047(+2%) 28(+3.7%)
2020-08-26
7,225(+2.5%) 28(=)
2020-08-27
7,329(+1.4%) 28(=)
2020-08-28
7,469(+1.9%) 28(=)
2020-08-29
7,578(+1.5%) 28(=)
2020-08-30
7,667(+1.2%) 28(=)
2020-08-31
7,804(+1.8%) 28(=)
2020-09-01
8,003(+2.5%) 29(+3.6%)
2020-09-02
8,140(+1.7%) 29(=)
2020-09-03
8,281(+1.7%) 29(=)
2020-09-04
8,361(+0.97%) 29(=)
2020-09-05
8,486(+1.5%) 29(=)
2020-09-06
8,584(+1.2%) 29(=)
2020-09-07
8,667(+0.97%) 29(=)
2020-09-08
8,741(+0.85%) 29(=)
2020-09-09
8,834(+1.1%) 31(+6.9%)
2020-09-10
8,900(+0.75%) 31(=)
2020-09-11
8,990(+1%) 31(=)
2020-09-12
9,052(+0.69%) 31(=)
2020-09-13
9,173(+1.3%) 32(+3.2%)
2020-09-14
9,243(+0.76%) 33(+3.1%)
2020-09-15
9,328(+0.92%) 33(=)
2020-09-16
9,427(+1.1%) 33(=)
2020-09-17
9,494(+0.71%) 33(=)
2020-09-18
9,568(+0.78%) 33(=)
2020-09-19
9,649(+0.85%) 33(=)
2020-09-20
9,724(+0.78%) 33(=)
2020-09-21
9,770(+0.47%) 34(+3%)
2020-09-22
9,818(+0.49%) 34(=)
2020-09-23
9,885(+0.68%) 34(=)
2020-09-24
9,939(+0.55%) 34(=)
2020-09-25
10,014(+0.75%) 34(=)
2020-09-26
10,045(+0.31%) 34(=)
2020-09-27
10,098(+0.53%) 34(=)
2020-09-28
10,157(+0.58%) 34(=)
2020-09-29
10,194(+0.36%) 34(=)
2020-09-30
10,291(+0.95%) 34(=)
2020-10-01
10,354(+0.61%) 34(=)
2020-10-02
10,398(+0.42%) 34(=)
2020-10-03
10,465(+0.64%) 34(=)
2020-10-04
10,530(+0.62%) 34(=)
2020-10-05
10,567(+0.35%) 34(=)
2020-10-06
10,621(+0.51%) 34(=)
2020-10-07
10,656(+0.33%) 34(=)
2020-10-08
10,742(+0.81%) 34(=)
2020-10-09
10,808(+0.61%) 34(=)
2020-10-10
10,859(+0.47%) 34(=)
2020-10-11
10,894(+0.32%) 35(+2.9%)
2020-10-12
10,943(+0.45%) 35(=)
2020-10-13
10,993(+0.46%) 35(=)
2020-10-14
11,062(+0.63%) 35(=)
2020-10-15
11,113(+0.46%) 35(=)
2020-10-16
11,154(+0.37%) 35(=)
2020-10-17
11,178(+0.22%) 36(+2.9%)
2020-10-18
11,210(+0.29%) 37(+2.8%)
2020-10-19
11,232(+0.2%) 37(=)
2020-10-20
11,271(+0.35%) 37(=)
2020-10-21
11,316(+0.4%) 37(=)
2020-10-22
11,358(+0.37%) 37(=)
2020-10-23
11,391(+0.29%) 37(=)
2020-10-24
11,421(+0.26%) 37(=)
2020-10-25
11,505(+0.74%) 37(=)
2020-10-26
11,532(+0.23%) 37(=)
2020-10-27
11,567(+0.3%) 37(=)
2020-10-28
11,591(+0.21%) 37(=)
2020-10-29
11,616(+0.22%) 37(=)
2020-10-30
11,643(+0.23%) 38(+2.7%)
2020-10-31
11,659(+0.14%) 38(=)
2020-11-01
11,701(+0.36%) 38(=)
2020-11-02
11,737(+0.31%) 38(=)
2020-11-03
11,796(+0.5%) 38(=)
2020-11-04
11,822(+0.22%) 38(=)
2020-11-05
11,893(+0.6%) 38(=)
2020-11-06
11,932(+0.33%) 39(+2.6%)
2020-11-07
11,962(+0.25%) 39(=)
2020-11-08
11,986(+0.2%) 40(+2.6%)
2020-11-09
12,009(+0.19%) 40(=)
2020-11-10
12,030(+0.17%) 41(+2.5%)
2020-11-11
12,059(+0.24%) 41(=)
2020-11-12
12,085(+0.22%) 41(=)
2020-11-13
12,112(+0.22%) 41(=)
2020-11-14
12,154(+0.35%) 42(+2.4%)
2020-11-15
12,204(+0.41%) 44(+4.8%)
2020-11-16
12,314(+0.9%) 45(+2.3%)
2020-11-17
12,355(+0.33%) 45(=)
2020-11-18
12,384(+0.23%) 45(=)
2020-11-19
12,452(+0.55%) 45(=)
2020-11-20
12,546(+0.75%) 45(=)
2020-11-21
12,578(+0.26%) 45(=)
2020-11-22
12,608(+0.24%) 46(+2.2%)
2020-11-23
12,758(+1.2%) 46(=)
2020-11-24
12,810(+0.41%) 46(=)
2020-11-25
12,854(+0.34%) 46(=)
2020-11-26
12,889(+0.27%) 46(=)
2020-11-27
12,933(+0.34%) 46(=)
2020-11-28
12,947(+0.11%) 46(=)
2020-11-29
12,994(+0.36%) 46(=)
2020-11-30
13,011(+0.13%) 46(=)
2020-12-01
13,049(+0.29%) 47(+2.2%)
2020-12-02
13,070(+0.16%) 47(=)
2020-12-03
13,106(+0.28%) 47(=)
2020-12-04
13,143(+0.28%) 47(=)
2020-12-05
13,159(+0.12%) 47(=)
2020-12-06
13,198(+0.3%) 47(=)
2020-12-07
13,213(+0.11%) 47(=)
2020-12-08
13,248(+0.26%) 47(=)
2020-12-09
13,274(+0.2%) 47(=)
2020-12-10
13,308(+0.26%) 47(=)
2020-12-11
13,326(+0.14%) 48(+2.1%)
2020-12-12
13,348(+0.17%) 48(=)
2020-12-13
13,368(+0.15%) 48(=)
2020-12-14
13,379(+0.08%) 48(=)
2020-12-15
13,392(+0.1%) 48(=)
2020-12-16
13,402(+0.07%) 48(=)
2020-12-17
13,418(+0.12%) 48(=)
2020-12-18
13,444(+0.19%) 48(=)
2020-12-19
13,474(+0.22%) 48(=)
2020-12-20
13,493(+0.14%) 48(=)
2020-12-21
13,501(+0.06%) 48(=)
2020-12-22
13,524(+0.17%) 48(=)
2020-12-23
13,537(+0.1%) 48(=)
2020-12-24
13,558(+0.16%) 48(=)
2020-12-25
13,583(+0.18%) 48(=)
2020-12-26
13,618(+0.26%) 48(=)
2020-12-27
13,644(+0.19%) 48(=)
2020-12-28
13,660(+0.12%) 48(=)
2020-12-29
13,691(+0.23%) 48(=)
2020-12-30
13,738(+0.34%) 48(=)
2020-12-31
13,757(+0.14%) 48(=)
2021-01-01
13,804(+0.34%) 48(=)
2021-01-02
13,834(+0.22%) 48(=)
2021-01-03
13,867(+0.24%) 48(=)
2021-01-04
13,893(+0.19%) 48(=)
2021-01-05
13,930(+0.27%) 48(=)
2021-01-06
13,967(+0.27%) 48(=)
2021-01-07
13,988(+0.15%) 49(+2.1%)
2021-01-08
14,040(+0.37%) 49(=)
2021-01-09
14,065(+0.18%) 49(=)
2021-01-10
14,109(+0.31%) 49(=)
2021-01-11
14,159(+0.35%) 49(=)
2021-01-12
14,218(+0.42%) 49(=)
2021-01-13
14,277(+0.41%) 49(=)
2021-01-14
14,325(+0.34%) 49(=)
2021-01-15
14,375(+0.35%) 49(=)
2021-01-16
14,462(+0.61%) 49(=)
2021-01-17
14,513(+0.35%) 49(=)
2021-01-18
14,582(+0.48%) 49(=)
2021-01-19
14,633(+0.35%) 49(=)
2021-01-20
14,712(+0.54%) 49(=)
2021-01-21
14,765(+0.36%) 50(+2%)
2021-01-22
14,830(+0.44%) 50(=)
2021-01-23
14,885(+0.37%) 50(=)
2021-01-24
14,993(+0.73%) 51(+2%)
2021-01-25
15,102(+0.73%) 51(=)
2021-01-26
15,247(+0.96%) 51(=)
2021-01-27
15,390(+0.94%) 51(=)
2021-01-28
15,496(+0.69%) 51(=)
2021-01-29
15,614(+0.76%) 51(=)
2021-01-30
15,736(+0.78%) 51(=)
2021-01-31
15,841(+0.67%) 52(+2%)
2021-02-01
16,056(+1.4%) 52(=)
2021-02-02
16,155(+0.62%) 52(=)
2021-02-03
16,276(+0.75%) 53(+1.9%)
2021-02-04
16,410(+0.82%) 54(+1.9%)
2021-02-05
16,547(+0.83%) 54(=)
2021-02-06
16,656(+0.66%) 54(=)
2021-02-07
16,783(+0.76%) 55(+1.9%)
2021-02-08
16,909(+0.75%) 55(=)
2021-02-09
17,101(+1.1%) 56(+1.8%)
2021-02-10
17,201(+0.58%) 56(=)
2021-02-11
17,387(+1.1%) 56(=)
2021-02-12
17,507(+0.69%) 56(=)
2021-02-13
17,716(+1.2%) 58(+3.6%)
2021-02-14
17,828(+0.63%) 58(=)
2021-02-15
17,953(+0.7%) 58(=)
2021-02-16
18,082(+0.72%) 58(=)
2021-02-17
18,224(+0.79%) 58(=)
2021-02-18
18,340(+0.64%) 58(=)
2021-02-19
18,467(+0.69%) 58(=)
2021-02-20
18,621(+0.83%) 60(+3.4%)
2021-02-21
18,769(+0.79%) 60(=)
2021-02-22
18,930(+0.86%) 60(=)
2021-02-23
19,038(+0.57%) 60(=)
2021-02-24
19,162(+0.65%) 60(=)
2021-02-25
19,346(+0.96%) 60(=)
2021-02-26
19,479(+0.69%) 60(=)
2021-02-27
19,597(+0.61%) 61(+1.7%)
2021-02-28
19,793(+1%) 62(+1.6%)
2021-03-01
19,979(+0.94%) 62(=)
2021-03-02
20,144(+0.83%) 62(=)
2021-03-03
20,280(+0.68%) 63(+1.6%)
2021-03-04
20,447(+0.82%) 64(+1.6%)
2021-03-05
20,565(+0.58%) 64(=)
2021-03-06
20,663(+0.48%) 64(=)
2021-03-07
20,794(+0.63%) 64(=)
2021-03-08
20,919(+0.6%) 64(=)
2021-03-09
21,034(+0.55%) 64(=)
2021-03-10
21,144(+0.52%) 64(=)
2021-03-11
21,268(+0.59%) 64(=)
2021-03-12
21,382(+0.54%) 64(=)
2021-03-13
21,476(+0.44%) 64(=)
2021-03-14
21,572(+0.45%) 64(=)
2021-03-15
21,666(+0.44%) 64(=)
2021-03-16
21,819(+0.71%) 64(=)
2021-03-17
21,961(+0.65%) 65(+1.6%)
2021-03-18
22,147(+0.85%) 65(=)
2021-03-19
22,292(+0.65%) 65(=)
2021-03-20
22,373(+0.36%) 65(=)
2021-03-21
22,513(+0.63%) 66(+1.5%)
2021-03-22
22,662(+0.66%) 66(=)
2021-03-23
22,790(+0.56%) 66(=)
2021-03-24
22,929(+0.61%) 66(=)
2021-03-25
23,091(+0.71%) 66(=)
2021-03-26
23,237(+0.63%) 66(=)
2021-03-27
23,403(+0.71%) 66(=)
2021-03-28
23,524(+0.52%) 66(=)
2021-03-29
23,671(+0.62%) 66(=)
2021-03-30
23,838(+0.71%) 66(=)
2021-03-31
24,079(+1%) 67(+1.5%)
2021-04-01
24,379(+1.2%) 67(=)
2021-04-02
24,548(+0.69%) 67(=)
2021-04-03
24,651(+0.42%) 67(=)
2021-04-04
24,783(+0.54%) 67(=)
2021-04-05
24,908(+0.5%) 67(=)
2021-04-06
25,053(+0.58%) 67(=)
2021-04-07
25,191(+0.55%) 67(=)
2021-04-08
25,304(+0.45%) 67(=)
2021-04-09
25,436(+0.52%) 67(=)
2021-04-10
25,524(+0.35%) 67(=)
2021-04-11
25,617(+0.36%) 67(=)
2021-04-12
25,701(+0.33%) 67(=)
2021-04-13
25,759(+0.23%) 67(=)
2021-04-14
25,844(+0.33%) 67(=)
2021-04-15
25,939(+0.37%) 67(=)
2021-04-16
26,021(+0.32%) 68(+1.5%)
2021-04-17
26,145(+0.48%) 69(+1.5%)
2021-04-18
26,348(+0.78%) 70(+1.4%)
2021-04-19
26,505(+0.6%) 70(=)
2021-04-20
26,667(+0.61%) 71(+1.4%)
2021-04-21
26,920(+0.95%) 71(=)
2021-04-22
27,084(+0.61%) 71(=)
2021-04-23
27,403(+1.2%) 71(=)
2021-04-24
27,621(+0.8%) 71(=)
2021-04-25
27,874(+0.92%) 71(=)
2021-04-26
28,202(+1.2%) 71(=)
2021-04-27
28,588(+1.4%) 71(=)
2021-04-28
29,052(+1.6%) 72(+1.4%)
2021-04-29
29,370(+1.1%) 73(+1.4%)
2021-04-30
29,835(+1.6%) 73(=)
2021-05-01
30,237(+1.3%) 73(=)
2021-05-02
30,745(+1.7%) 74(+1.4%)
2021-05-03
31,330(+1.9%) 74(=)
2021-05-04
31,931(+1.9%) 74(=)
2021-05-05
32,665(+2.3%) 74(=)
2021-05-06
33,368(+2.2%) 77(+4.1%)
2021-05-07
34,134(+2.3%) 82(+6.5%)
Source: covid19.health.gov.mv/dashboard/

March 2020[edit]

On 7 March, the Maldives confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19, who are foreign employees at Kuredhoo Island Resort. Both are believed to have caught the infection from an Italian tourist who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Italy. On 9 March, the Maldives confirmed two other COVID-19 cases tested positive. They too were tourists.

The Maldives declared a public health emergency over COVID-19 on 12 March.[13] As of 19 March 2020, the Maldives had 13 positive cases and the lockdown status on Vilamendhoo and Bathala has been lifted.[14]

On 27 March, the government announced the first confirmed case of a Maldivian citizen with COVID-19, and that person is from the UK. This brought the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 16; the other 15 were foreign citizens.[15] As of 29 March, there were 17 positive cases of COVID-19.

April 2020[edit]

On 30 April, Maldivian authorities have reported their first death of coronavirus in the country, with the first victim being the 83-year-old woman that died en route to the hospital.[16] The total number of confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak stood at 468.[17]

May 2020[edit]

On May 15, 2020, more than 1000 cases tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives. By the end of May there had been 1773 confirmed cases and five deaths.[18]

June 2020[edit]

The total number of confirmed cases increased to 2361 and the death toll rose to eight.[19]

July 2020[edit]

The total number of confirmed cases increased to 3793 and the death toll rose to sixteen.[20]

August 2020[edit]

On 25 August, former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom tested positive for COVID-19.[21] The number of confirmed cases more than doubled to 7667 and the death toll increased to 28.[22]

September 2020[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 10291 and the death toll rose to 34.[23]

October 2020[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 11659 and the death toll rose to 38.[24]

November 2020[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 13011 and the death toll rose to 46.[25]

December 2020[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 13757 and the death toll rose to 48.[26]

January 2021[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 15841 and the death toll rose to 52.[27]

February 2021[edit]

Mass vaccination commenced on 1 February, initially with 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine donated by India.[28] An unidentified benefactor donated 5,000 doses of Sinopharm's BBIBP-CorV vaccine while China undertook to donate 100,000 doses of the same vaccine.[29] India donated 100,000 additional doses of Covishield on 20 February.[30]

On 2 February, Dr Sheena Moosa of the Maldives Health Emergency Operations Center reported that the time-varying reproduction number R t had risen to 5.[31]

On the 23rd of the February, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced that it had shipped 100,000 syringes to be used for both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.[32]

In February, the number of cases increased to 19,793 and the death toll rose to 62. Four weeks after the start of the vaccination campaign, 111,415 people had received their first dose.[33]

March 2021[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 24079 and the death toll rose to 67.[34]

April 2021[edit]

The number of confirmed cases increased to 29835 and the death toll rose to 73.[35]

Restrictions on travel to the Maldives[edit]

The government of the Maldives and the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives with the guidance of the Health Protection Agency of the Maldives (HPA) placed a temporary travel restriction for the following countries to control new cases. No passengers originating from, transiting to or with a travel history of said country/province is to be permitted into the Maldives. Maldivians and spouses of Maldivians who are foreign nationals will be allowed in but may be subject to quarantine measures.[36]

Country Effective Date Source
China Active from 4 February 2020 Ministry of Health
Iran Active from 26 February 2020 Ministry of Health
South Korea (North and South Gyeongsang Provinces) Active from 3 March 2020 Ministry of Health
Italy Active from 8 March 2020 Ministry of Health
Bangladesh Active from 24 March 2020 Ministry of Health
Germany (Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg) Active from 15 March 2020 Ministry of Health
Spain (All provinces and regions) Active from 15 March 2020 Ministry of Health
France (Île-de-France and Grand Est) Active from 15 March 2020 Ministry of Health
Malaysia Active from 17 March 2020 Ministry of Health
United Kingdom Active from 19 March 2020 Ministry of Health
Sri Lanka Active from 21 March 2020 Ministry of Health

Quarantine facilities[edit]

The Maldivian government turned the resort island of Villivaru in the Kaafu Atoll into a quarantine facility, described as "the world's first coronavirus resort", where patients would enjoy a luxurious stay and free medical care.[37][38]

According to Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed, the Maldives had 2,288 beds available for quarantine as of late March 2020.[38]

Impact[edit]

The Maldives' economy is dependent on tourism, which dropped severely due to travel restrictions amid the pandemic. Experts warned of an economic contraction and possible difficulties paying back foreign debt, especially to China and India.[39]

Migrant workers in Maldives have been reported to face harsh treatment from their employers, like wage theft, unsafe living and working condition, passport confiscation, and deceptive recruitment practices. According to the investigation by Human Rights Watch, these migrant labor abuses have worsened due to COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in job loss and forced labor without any pay.[40]

Details of the initial confirmed cases[edit]

Case Date Age Gender Nationality Hospital admitted Source of infection Status Notes Source
1 7 March 2020 Not disclosed Female Turkish Farukolhu Fushi Isolation Center Italy Recovered First case in the Maldives. Italian tourist linked the local transmission Ministry of Health
2 7 March 2020 Not disclosed Male South African Farukolhu Fushi Isolation Center Italy Recovered First case in the Maldives. Italian tourist linked the local transmission Ministry of Health

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