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COVID-19: HPA places Ungoofaaru under monitoring

Mariyam Malsa
04 August 2020, MVT 16:04
The exterior of Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital in Raa Atoll. PHOTO: UNGOOFAARU REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Mariyam Malsa
04 August 2020, MVT 16:04

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, placed Ungoofaru, Raa Atoll under monitoring.

HPA restricted travel to and from the island after a female patient from Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital that was transferred to the capital city of Male', tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking to local media outlet Mihaaru, Manager of Ungoofaaru Hospital Mohamed Zayan revealed that the patient, a 50-year-old woman from Kurendhoo, Lhaviyani Atoll, had initially tested negative for the virus.

However, another sample collected by Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) following her transfer to Male' for further treatment tested positive for COVID-19.

Zayan revealed that seven doctors, 25 nurses and other hospital staff were among those that were placed under isolation after coming into direct contact with the woman.

Adding that Ungoofaaru Hospital employed 33 doctors and approximately 50 nurses, the manager disclosed that operational difficulties had occurred after such a considerable number of staff were isolated.

According to the manager, an average of between 300 to 400 people seek treatment at the hospital per day.

Maldives currently records total 4,293 confirmed and 1,489 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,670 recoveries and 18 deaths.

After recording low numbers for several weeks during the month of 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.

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

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 698,200 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 11.7 million people have recovered.

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