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COVID-19: Maldives confirms 21 new cases, 16 recoveries

Ahmed Aiham
23 June 2020, MVT 23:57
Mosques were reopneed by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs as measures to ease out of lockdown imposed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
23 June 2020, MVT 23:57

As of 1800hrs on Tuesday, authorities confirmed that an additional 21 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while 16 patients made full recoveries.

According to Health Protection Agency (HPA), the new cases include 12 locals, seven Bangladesh nationals, one Indian and one Nepali citizen.

With these developments, Maldives presently records a total of 2,238 confirmed cases, out of which 396 are active cases of COVID-19. The country records 1,829 recoveries and eight fatalities so far.

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

However, the number of recoveries have continued to rise, with roughly 81 percent of patients now recovered.

WHO has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 9.2 million people and claimed over 476,583 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 4.9 million people have recovered.