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COVID-19: HPA confirms 86 additional cases, 19 recoveries

Ahmed Aiham
06 August 2020, MVT 22:30
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
06 August 2020, MVT 22:30

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Thursday, revealed that an additional 86 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives while 19 patients recovered.

According to the agency, the new cases include 56 Maldivians, 27 Bangladeshi nationals, one Indian, one Filipino and one Sri Lankan citizen.

HPA stated that a total of 85 individuals that newly tested positive belong to the Greater Male' region, while a single case was detected in another island.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 4,680 confirmed and 1,936 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,725 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 58 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, Hulhudhuffaaru and 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 19 million people and claimed over 713,375 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 12.2 million people have recovered.

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