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COVID-19: Maldives records 19th death, 14th local to pass away

Ahmed Aiham
04 August 2020, MVT 11:31
Maldives Police Service's frontline officers enforcing lockdown measures within the Greater Male' Region. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
04 August 2020, MVT 11:31

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Tuesday morning announced the 19th COVID-19 related death in Maldives.

The deceased was an 80-year-old Maldivian female, who was admitted at the Hulhumale' Medical Facility.

She passed away at 0930 hrs.

She is the 14th local to have succumbed to the virus. The remaining deaths concerned four Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino citizen.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 4,293 confirmed and 1,589 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,670 recoveries and 19 deaths.

After recording low numbers for several weeks during the months of May and June, virus cases have now spiked, reducing the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to 63 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.

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.

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 18.4 million people and claimed over 697,200 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 11.6 million people have recovered.

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