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COVID-19: HPA confirms 22 new cases

Ahmed Aiham
09 May 2020, MVT 15:50
An expatriate worker cleaning the now closed down mosques. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country, Maldives has temporarily halted all public prayers. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
09 May 2020, MVT 15:50

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Saturday confirmed 22 new cases of COVID-19 in Maldives.

According to the agency, the new cases consist of 16 Maldivians, four Bangladeshi nationals, one Indian national and one Nepali national.

With this development, Maldives presently records 766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 743 active cases, and a total of 20 recoveries and 3 deaths.

Maldives’ capital Malé, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 since it recorded its first local transmission of the virus on April 15, involving a Maldivian woman that sought assistance from a flu clinic in Malé after developing symptoms for the virus.

In addition to the capital, COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Uligan in Haa Alif Atoll, Narudhoo and Milandhoo in Shaviyani Atoll, Thulusdhoo in Kaafu Atoll and in Addu City.

The country recorded its first COVID-19 related death, of an 83-year-old local female, on April 29. Since, two more individuals, a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man and a local 80-year-old man have succumbed to COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 4 million people and claimed over 276,473 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 1.39 million people have recovered.

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