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COVID-19: HPA confirms 11th death in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 July 2020, MVT 11:15
A health worker from HPA bags a random sample collected for COVID-19 testing. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 July 2020, MVT 11:15

Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed the eleventh COVID-19-related fatality in Maldives early Sunday.

The agency revealed that the deceased was a local woman aged 77, who was admitted at the DH11 facility in state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).

The first virus-related death in Maldives was that 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. While the seventh death was an 89-year-old local woman, the eighth fatality was a 38-year-old Bangladeshi national. The ninth death was of a Filipino male aged 43, and the tenth, in the beginning of this month, was a 92-year-old Maldivian man.

Maldives presently has a total of 2,435 confirmed and 389 active cases of COVID-19. Thus far, the country records 2,030 recoveries and 11 deaths.

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 83 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 11.3 million people and claimed over 533,500 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 6.4 million people have recovered.

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