Health Protection Agency HPA has reported a record-breaking 585 new cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives as the country grapples with a dramatic surge of cases in the last few weeks.

In its daily update, HPA confirmed 397 new cases of the pandemic in the Greater Male' Area alone with another 160 new cases reported from inhabited islands.

HPA also said that 11 cases were reported from operational resorts while 15 were confirmed from industrial islands or islands used for other purposes while 2 cases were reported from islands under development.

With over 1000 cases reported in the last two days in the Maldives, the total number of COVID-19 cases reported from the country has now reached 31,330.

HPA confirmed that currently there are 6,033 active cases of the pandemic in the country and that 173 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized for further treatment.

Although, 25,214 people have recovered from the virus here in the Maldives, 74 people have succumbed to the pandemic in the country. This includes 65 locals and 9 foreigners.

The sudden surge in cases have prompted authorities to implement tighter measures against the pandemic which includes closing down schools in the Greater Male Area as well as shutting down government offices for the next ten days.