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COVID19: HPA announces 42 new positive cases, day toll rises to 86

Rae Munavvar
30 May 2020, MVT 15:33
First responder prepares test swabs to identify whether patients are infected with the novel coronavirus. Already, thousands of locals and foreigners in Maldives have been tested. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Rae Munavvar
30 May 2020, MVT 15:33

Health Protection Agency confirmed, Saturday afternoon, 42 individuals tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Among those newly confirmed (MAV1592 to MAV1633) are 41 foreigners and one Maldivian. Of the foreign nationals, 28 are Bangladeshi while the remaining 13 are Indian.

Only the local individual was identified as female.

With this development, the total number of cases recorded in Maldives has risen to 1,633. Among those, 1,386 are active cases. The country presently counts 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 367, 000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 2.6 million people have recovered.

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