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COVID-19: Maldives records 67 new cases, 16 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
12 July 2020, MVT 22:29
A restaurant staff wearing protective gear as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 as Maldives transitions to the 'new normal'. The number of daily virus cases recorded in the country has spiked after the state eased lockdown restrictions. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
12 July 2020, MVT 22:29

Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed on Sunday that 67 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, and 16 patients made full recoveries.

According to the agency, the newly identifies cases include 52 Maldivians, 14 Bangladesh nationals and one Indian citizen.

With these developments, Maldives presently has a total of 2,731 confirmed and 419 active cases of COVID-19. Thus far, the country records 2,284 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.

After recording low numbers for several weeks, the recent spike of virus cases has reduced the total amount of recovered patients from 86 to 82 percent.

The number of COVID-19 cases increased after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions across the Greater Male' Region. Government offices and businesses including shops, cafe's and restaurants restarted services on July 1 while authorities are prepared to reopen Maldives' borders for tourism on July 15.

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 12.9 million people and claimed over 569,300 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 7.5 million people have recovered.