A staff from Muhyiddin School in Villimale' district of Male' City has tested positive for COVID-19 amid growing concerns that pandemic cases are on the rise once again in the capital city.

'The Press' can confirm that a support staff from the school had tested positive for COVID-19 but that Health Protection Agency contact tracing had confirmed that the individual had no contact with either a teacher or a student of the school.

It has also been confirmed that the school is currently establishing all the necessary safety guidelines set by the HPA and the Ministry of Education in such cases to avoid further spread of the pandemic.

This is the second COVID-19 case reported from a school in the Male' Area after all schools reopened for the new term last Sunday.

Previously, a teacher from Aminiya School had tested positive and authorities had also reaffirmed that all necessary actions had been taken to avoid further spread from that individual.

The number of new cases being reported across the country and in the Greater Male' Area has been steadily increasing with 50 new cases reported by HPA last night.

HPA said that the new cases included 27 from the Male' Area, 16 from inhabited islands, and 7 from operational resorts. This takes the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the island to 14,375.

HPA had also confirmed that there are currently 845 active cases of COVID-19 in the country and that 61 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized.

Authorities have said that 49 people have succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Maldives since April of last year.