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Over 90 confirmed cases among Police Service: CP Hameed

Fathmath Shaahunaz
06 August 2020, MVT 12:11
Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed. FILE PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
06 August 2020, MVT 12:11

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed disclosed early Thursday that total 93 officers and staff of Maldives Police Service tested positive for COVID-19 till date.

In a tweet, CP Hameed stated that out of the total, there were 56 active cases at present.

He assured that more stringent internal measures were being enforced to curb the spread of infection, and that the service would continue to support Maldives' COVID-19 response efforts.

The number of positive cases among the police in May stood at 23, marking a 400 percent increase in confirmed cases within the police force since then.

Collectively, Police and Maldives National Defence Force are collaborating with nearly every aspect of Maldives’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular following the first detection of community spread within capital city Male’, as well as after it was noted to have spread across to different atolls.

During the two-month lockdown from mid-April to mid-June across the Greater Male' Region, Police were also active in the efforts to protect the privacy and security of quarantined households within the city, and to secure the capital area's lockdown status by implementing protocol as laid out by the country's Health Protection Agency.

Maldives currently records total 4,594 confirmed and 1,869 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,706 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.

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 18.9 million people and claimed over 711,200 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 12.1 million people have recovered.