Study shows 38,000 in Male' City has virus anti-bodies

People wear masks as they drive along a road in Male' City on May 12, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Anti-body tests conducted in the Maldives by the Maldives National University (MNU) has shown that around 38,000 people in the nation had contracted COVID-19 and made full recoveries. 

In a press conference last night at the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), citing the Seroprevalence studies, MNU’s Director of research Dr. Raheema Abdul Raheem said that the figure was based on the tests conducted in the capital where the outbreak is centered on. 

Dr. Raheema said that 13.4 of the population in the capital had antibodies against the virus which means that this percentage of the population was effectively immune to the virus after having contracted the virus. Dr. Raheema said that the 38,000 were from the 208,000 estimated population of the capital. 

“Even if I say so, I would like to note that 87 percent of the population have not been subjected to this [contracted and recovered from the virus], according to the study.” Said Dr. Raheema. 

She said that the danger of the virus still remained due to this factor.