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HPA: Three in Addu test negative for COVID-19

Mariyam Malsa
31 March 2020, MVT 20:14
The exterior of Addu Equatorial Hospital. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
31 March 2020, MVT 20:14

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, stated that the doctor and two nurses placed under home-isolation in Addu after treating a suspected COVID-19 patient, had tested negative for the virus.

The patient visited emergency services at Addu Equatorial Hospital after having returned from Cochin, India.

The decision to isolate the three health care professionals was taken as a precaution after they attended to the patient without personal protective equipment (PPE), because the individual had sought help from the Emergency Response facility and not the designated Flu Clinic.

Maldives currently records 18 confirmed and five active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 13 recoveries. Despite the three confirmed cases of Maldivians, no local to local transmissions are recorded.

The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 740,235 people and claimed over 35,035 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 156,588 people have recovered.

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