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COVID-19: Maldives records 33 more cases, 7 recoveries

Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 July 2020, MVT 22:23
A driver wears a face mask as a precaution against COVID-19. PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 July 2020, MVT 22:23

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, announced that 33 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19, while seven people recovered from the disease.

The new cases include 23 Maldivians, six Bangladeshi nationals and four Indian citizens.

With this development, the total number of positive cases has reached 2999, with 600 active cases. Till date, the country recorded 2,369 recoveries and 15 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.

After recording low numbers for several weeks, the recent spike of virus cases has reduced the total amount of recovered patients from 86 to 79 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 reopened 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 14.7 million people and claimed over 610,700 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 8.7 million people have recovered.

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