The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) on Saturday announced that the number of patients who recovered from COVID-19 in Maldives passed 400.
Speaking at NEOC's nightly virtual press conference, Communications Undersecretary at the President's Office Mabrouq Abdul Azeez revealed that 16 patients recovered on Saturday, bumping up the number to 401. A further 5 patients recovered following the conclusion of the conference, increasing the tally to 406.
Currently, the total number of cases recorded in Maldives is 1,672, from which 1,259 are active cases. The country presently counts five fatalities.
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 6.1 million people and claimed over 370,918 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 2.7 million people have recovered.