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COVID-19: HPA confirms 16th virus-related death in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
30 July 2020, MVT 16:40
An ambulance in the capital city of Male'. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS/ MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
30 July 2020, MVT 16:40

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Thursday confirmed the 16th COVID-19 related fatality in Maldives.

The deceased was a 71-year-old Maldivian female, who was admitted in the ER at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in the morning over breathing difficulties.

She passed away at 1348 hrs in the afternoon.

She is the tenth local to have succumbed to the virus. The remaining deaths concerned five Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino citizen.

The total number of positive cases in Maldives has reached 3,567, with 982 active cases. Till date, the country recorded 2,554 recoveries and 16 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 the peak 86 to 71 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 this month.

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 17.2 million people and claimed over 670,900 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 10.7 million people have recovered.

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