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COVID-19: Additional 44 individuals positive, HPA reveals

Rae Munavvar
30 May 2020, MVT 11:28
Samples being extracted from patients showing symptoms or determined to be at high risk, to test for the COVID-19 virus, the spreading of which has claimed lives all around the globe and has pushed many countries into taking preemptive actions such as placing their borders under lockdown. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Rae Munavvar
30 May 2020, MVT 11:28

Health Protection Agency revealed, early Saturday morning, that 44 more individuals were found positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Among those newly confirmed (MAV1548 to MAV1591) are 13 Maldivians and 31 foreign nationals, of which 29 hail from Bangladesh while two are from India.

Of the locals newly confirmed to be infected, at least 3 are children and one person is over the age of 60.

Only two persons were identified as being female.

With this development, the total number of cases recorded in Maldives has risen to 1,591. Among those are 1,344 active cases, five fatalities and 242 recoveries.

As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Maldives' capital Malé has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.

Further, 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 6 million people and claimed over 366, 800 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 2.6 million people have recovered.

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