With an increase in COVID-19 cases by the end of August, the COVID-19 positivity rate in the Maldives had grown to 3%.
According to data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 171,805 samples were tested for COVID-19 last month, with 3,676 samples testing positive. It also showed the positivity rate remained above 2% throughout the last four days of August, peaking at 3.69% on the final day.
The data also revealed that the total number of samples obtained in the Greater Male’ area was 59,391, with 883 testing positive. The average positive rate for the area was slightly above 1%, with the percentage jumping to 2% on four days and peaking at 3% last Thursday.
In addition, 112,414 samples were collected from residential islands, resorts, liveaboards, and other living locations outside of Male’, with 2,793 of them testing positive for COVID-19. Outside of Male’, the average COVID-19 positivity rate was 2%, rising to 3% on some days and peaking at 4.10% on the last day of August.
Even after the HPA announced more relaxations for fully vaccinated people, the positivity rate stayed at 1% until August, when it began to rise.
According to the HPA, 302,182 people were tested for COVID-19 in the Maldives, and about 383,620 people have received at least one dose, while around 30,000 people did not receive a single dose.