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COVID-19: HPA confirms 64 additional cases

Ahmed Aiham
11 July 2020, MVT 00:02
An elderly man and a child bump elbows to avoid shaking hands following the first congregational Friday prayer held within the capital Male' in four months. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
11 July 2020, MVT 00:02

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Friday, confirmed that 64 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, recording a significant spike compared to the average rate of infection.

According to the agency, the new cases include 44 Maldivians, 17 Bangladeshi nationals, two Indian citizens and a single Nepali.

A further 11 recoveries were noted within the 24 hour period.

With these developments, Maldives presently has a total of 2,617 confirmed and 361 active cases of COVID-19. Thus far, the country records 2,238 recoveries and 13 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 over 85 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 12.5 million people and claimed over 559,587 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 7.2 million people have recovered.

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