Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed 39 new positive cases of COVID-19, early Sunday morning.
As per the agency, all 39 individuals (MAV1634 - MAV1672) are Bangladeshi men between the ages 21-60.
With this development, the total number of cases recorded in Maldives has risen to 1,672. Among those, 1,259 are active cases. The country presently counts five fatalities and 406 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 6.1 million people and claimed over 371,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 2.7 million people have recovered.