Maldives Police Service on Sunday night revealed that street patrolling officers found an expatriate collapsed on the road near Oadion, Maafannu Ward.
The 50-year-old Bangladeshi national, spotted around 2030hrs at the Asaree Goalhi and Majeedhee Magu intersection, was immediately transferred to Senahiya for treatment.
However, Maldives National Defence Force stated that doctors confirmed the foreigner was deceased prior to being taken to the hospital.
According to local media Mihaaru, MNDF also clarified that he had complained of having chest pains in the hours prior to his death. The response was given to a journalist's query on whether the expat demonstrated any COVID-19-like symptoms.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Maldives reached the 'community spread' stage, a total of 17 foreign workers have tested positive for the virus, out of which 16 cases were identified on Sunday alone.
Maldives' first confirmed case of COVID-19 from the capital city, Male' was recorded on April 15, involving a local woman who presented to the flu clinic in Malé after developing coronavirus-like symptoms. At present, the country has not identified an index patient for the outbreak.
As of now, Maldives records 52 confirmed and 36 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 16 recoveries. Of the above, a total of 31 positive cases were found in capital city Male', one of the most densely populated areas in the world. One of the cases is from Uligan, Haa Alif Atoll, the first local case outside of the capital.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 2.4 million people and claimed over 165,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 617,000 people have recovered.
Since the a total of 17 expatriates have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives thus far.