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COVID-19: HPA reports 153 additional cases, 23 recoveries

Ahmed Aiham
04 August 2020, MVT 22:31
The local produce market photographed during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
04 August 2020, MVT 22:31

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, revealed that an additional 153 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 while 23 patients recovered. According to the agency, the new cases include 116 Maldivians, 22 Bangladeshi nationals, 11 Indians, one Indonesian, one Egyptian, one Briton and one Kenyan.

HPA stated that a total of 148 individuals that newly tested positive belong to the Greater Male' region, while two cases were detected in other islands.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 4,446 confirmed and 1,719 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,693 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 60 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 18.5 million people and claimed over 700,274 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 11.7 million people have recovered.