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COVID-19: HPA confirms 74 new cases, 39 more recoveries

Ahmed Aiham
31 July 2020, MVT 22:40
Muslims in the Greater Male' Region conclude the congregational Eid prayers signaling the end of the holy pilgrimage of Hajj. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
31 July 2020, MVT 22:40

Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed that 74 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives on Thursday, while 39 recovered from the disease.

According to the agency, the new cases include 44 Maldivians, 19 Bangladeshi citizens, eight Indians, one Nepali, one Filipino and one Sri Lankan.

In addition to the Greater Male' region, active virus cases are currently present in Kelaa of Haa Alif Atoll, Inguraidhoo of Raa Atoll, Eydhafushi, Kamadhoo and Seaside Finolhu resort of Baa Atoll, Kurendhoo of Lhaviyani Atoll, Maafushi of Kaafu Atoll and Fulidhoo of Vaavu Atoll.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 3,793 confirmed and 1,155 positive cases, along with 2,607 recoveries and 16 deaths.

As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Maldives' capital Malé recorded a significant number of COVID-19 cases in the first weeks following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.

Following three months of strict lockdown, the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions across the Greater Male' Region in July.

COVID-19 cases surged again after the government eased restrictions, reducing the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to 71 percent.

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 17.6 million people and claimed over 679,434 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 11 million people have recovered.

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