The Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) has confirmed the spread of five COVID-19 variants, including the Alpha variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, and the Delta variant, which was first detected in India.
HEOC spokesperson and epidemiologist Dr. Nazla Rafeeg stated in a press conference on Tuesday evening that they had received the results of the third batch of samples sent overseas for sequencing, which confirmed the presence of the COVID-19 variants Delta, Alpha, G, GR, and Sub Lineage (Peru/Chile).
Furthermore, she highlighted that the biggest number of samples were positive for the Delta variant.
According to the statistics, 27% of the samples tested positive for the Delta variant, 20% for the Alpha variant, and 13% for the G variant, with the remaining 27% being various other COVID-19 variants.
Nazla said that the samples include swabs obtained from both locals and tourists, and that with global travel, there is always the potential of new COVID-19 from other parts of the world being imported to Maldives.
Dr. Nazla further stated that HEOC intends to send more samples for sequencing and is trying to expand the amount of samples that can be sent for sequencing. Samples for sequencing are currently sent in batches of 30 samples.