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COVID-19: Maldives records 17 more cases, 9 recoveries

Fathmath Shaahunaz
25 June 2020, MVT 23:29
People don masks as a precaution against COVID-19 as Maldives eases lockdown measures in capital Male', entering the 'new normal'. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
25 June 2020, MVT 23:29

Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced an additional 17 individuals were found positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while nine more recovered.

According to the HPA, the new cases include seven Maldivians and 10 Bangladeshi nationals.

With these developments, Maldives presently records a total of 2,277 confirmed cases, out of which 416 are active cases of COVID-19. Thus far, the country records 1,848 recoveries and eight fatalities.

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.

On March 12, WHO classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To date, the new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 9.6 million people and claimed over 487,300 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 5.2 million people have recovered.

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