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COVID-19: Maldives records 133 new cases, 164 recoveries

26 February 2021, MVT 22:25
Traffic police. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
26 February 2021, MVT 22:25

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Friday, announced that 133 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while 164 recovered from the disease.

According to the agency, 117 of the new cases were detected from the Greater Male' Region, four were identified in inhabited islands and 12 were from operational resorts.

After a long period of recording low numbers towards the end of 2020, Maldives is now experiencing its third wave of pandemic, with the introduction of the United Kingdom’s highly contagious virus variant.

Currently, the island nation records a total of 19,346 virus cases of which 2,441 are active cases, in addition to 16,838 recoveries and 60 deaths.

With the sudden spike in numbers, HPA introduced a new curfew, which prohibits civilians from roads and public spaces between 2300 to 0430 hrs, while vehicle movements are banned between 1800 to 0600 hrs.

The restrictions are implemented across capital Male', its suburbs Vilimale' and Hulhumale', airport island Hulhule', industrial island Gulhifalhu and landfill island Thilafushi.

On March 12, 2020, WHO classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To date, the new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 113.7 million people and claimed over 2.5 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 89.2 million people have recovered.

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