COVID-19 cases in the Maldives have showed a dramatic decrease, with the positivity rate dropping from 6.6 percent to 2.04 percent in July, reveals official data.
In July, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) collected 177,863 COVID-19 samples, the most ever collected in a single month, with just 3,634 positive results. An influx of people sought to get tested when the COVID-19 travel restriction was lifted for the Eid holiday, contributing to an increase in the number of samples gathered in July.
According to HPA statistics, the positivity rate was 2.7 percent at the start of July but had dropped to 1.92 percent by the end of the month, with a monthly average of 2.04 percent.
In June, the agency tested 142,000 samples, yielding 9,404 positive results, for a monthly positivity rate of 6.6 percent. Moreover, in May, the COVID-19 positivity rate was at 23 percent.
The Health Emergency Operations Centre had warned of a possible upsurge in COVID-19 cases following the Eid and Independence Day holidays, as people return from their vacations.
According to the most recent immunization data, 264,913 people received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, whereas 321,764 received only one dose. The Maldives government has launched a mass vaccination drive with the goal of vaccinating 90% of the eligible population by the end of August.