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COVID-19: Elderly woman passes away, marking 7th death in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
02 June 2020, MVT 10:57
A man hoses down and disinfects an ambulance, during the lockdown in Male' City. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
02 June 2020, MVT 10:57

Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced the seventh COVID-19 related fatality in Maldives early Tuesday, less than a day after the country recorded its sixth death.

The agency disclosed that an 89-year-old local woman, who was placed in the Isolation Facility at reclaimed suburb Hulhumale', succumbed to the virus at 0620 hrs.

The country recorded its first virus death, of an 83-year-old local female, on April 29. The second death involved the passing of a 33-year-old male Bangladeshi national, while the third and fourth fatalities concerned local males aged 80 and 88 respectively. The fifth and sixth were also Bangladeshi males, aged 46 and 54.

With this development, Maldives now records total confirmed 1,829 and 1,334 active cases of COVID-19, with 488 recoveries and seven deaths.

WHO has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 6.3 million people and claimed over 377,500 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 2.9 million people have recovered.

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