The Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed late Tuesday that 43 more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives.
According to the agency, the newly confirmed cases (MAV01396 - MAV01438) consist of nine locals, 31 Bangladeshi citizens and three Indian nationals.
In addition to the new cases, Maldives also recorded its fifth death from the coronavirus, a 46-year-old Bangladeshi national who passed away last Monday.
The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) revealed on Tuesday night that he was found unconscious on a street in capital Male' and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. HPA stated that samples collected from the man tested positive for COVID-19.
With these developments, Maldives presently records 1,438 confirmed and 1,201 active cases of COVID-19, five fatalities and 232 recoveries till date.
As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Malé has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Maldives' large expatriate population, the majority of whom are Bangladeshi nationals and live in highly congested quarters where it is impossible to reduce contact or exercise social distancing.
WHO has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 5.6 million people and claimed over 352,200 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 2.4 million people have recovered.