Health Protection Agency HPA has confirmed an additional 384 new cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives as the recent spike in cases continues in the country.

HPA said last night that out of the new cases, 153 were reported from the Greater Male' Area and that the positivity rate in the capital has now reached 11 percent. This has prompted HPA to take restrictive travel measures and had made it mandatory for those traveling from the capital to present a negative PCR test upon arriving at their destination.

Meanwhile, HPA reported 102 new cases from the inhabited islands and 117 cases from operational resorts. HPA also reported 1 new case from a safari while it said that it had not determined the location for 10 cases reported yesterday.

The new cases take the total number of COVID cases reported in the Maldives to a staggering 98,052.

HPA said that there are currently 3,511 active cases of the pandemic in the country and that 18 COVID patients remained hospitalized for further treatment.

A total of 94,264 people have now recovered from the illness in the Maldives.

However, the pandemic has killed 264 people in the country with mostly elderly individuals with underlying health conditions succumbing to the illness.