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COVID-19: Maldives records 69 new cases, 26 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
18 January 2021, MVT 22:33
Students waiting in line according to HPA guidelines near the school gates at the beginning of the session. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
18 January 2021, MVT 22:33

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, announced that 69 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while 26 recovered from the disease.

According to the agency, 35 of the new cases were detected from the Greater Male' Region, while eight cases were identified in inhabited islands, and the remaining 26 in operational resorts.

Maldives now records a total of 14,582 virus cases of which 960 are active cases, in addition to 13,566 recoveries and 49 deaths.

Last August, authorities tightened the safety measures implemented in the Greater Male' region, following an alarming upsurge of COVID-19 cases after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions. After a long period of recording over 100 daily cases, the numbers fell to two-digits during the most part of September 2020.

Throughout the rest of the year, numbers had slipped further down below 50, with a few spikes on rare occasions, but cases have been on the rise throughout January 2021.

HPA recently eased several safety measures imposed to control the spread of COVID-19. These leniencies include the cancellation of the city-wide curfew over the greater Male’ region, the reduction of quarantine periods to 10 days as well as cancelling mandatory quarantine for locals returning to Maldives and for locals travelling to resorts.

However, the agency has renewed calls for citizens to adhere to protective measures to contain the spread of the virus, cautioning against a public sentiment that the outbreak has been “controlled”.

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 95.6 million people and claimed over 2 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 68.3 million people have recovered.

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