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COVID-19: HPA confirms another 59 cases, no new recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
22 July 2020, MVT 22:46
People attend Friday prayer at the Islamic Centre. With the easing of lockdown measures for the transition into the 'new normal', many restrictions are no longer in place. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS/ MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
22 July 2020, MVT 22:46

Health Protection Agency on Saturday confirmed an additional 59 cases of COVID-19 in Maldives, but no new recoveries.

As per the agency, the new cases include 44 Maldivians, 14 Bangladeshi nationals and one Indian citizen.

With this development, the total number of positive cases has reached 3103, with 676 active cases. Till date, the country recorded 2,397 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 77 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 15.2 million people and claimed over 622,300 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 9.1 million people have recovered.