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COVID-19: Cases top 5,000 in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 August 2020, MVT 22:09
People pictured outside wearing face masks, as daily life continues in the 'new normal'. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 August 2020, MVT 22:09

The number of COVID-19 cases topped 5,000 in Maldives on Sunday after 143 more individuals tested positive for the virus, while 13 patients recovered from the disease.

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the new cases include 107 Maldivians, 28 Bangladeshi nationals, six Indians and two Nepali citizens.

HPA stated that 140 of the newly positive cases were identified in the Greater Male' region while the remaining three were detected on other islands.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 5,041 confirmed and 2,218 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,804 recoveries and 19 deaths.

In addition to the Greater Male' region, active virus cases are also present in Kelaa, Ihavandhoo and Filladhoo of Haa Alif Atoll, Naivaadhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Hulhudhuffaaru and Inguraidhoo in Raa Atoll, Kudarikilu and Kamadhoo in Baa Atoll, Hinnavaru of Lhaviyani Atoll, Maafushi of Kaafu Atoll, Fulidhoo of Vaavu Atoll, Fuvahmulah City, and Hithadhoo of Addu City.

Furthermore, HPA revealed that active cases are present in eight resorts across the archipelago as well, including six tourists and nine staff members with confirmed infections.

Currently, the island nation records the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases confirmed per capita in the world.

The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases per capita, after recording significantly low numbers in the months of May and June, indicates an alarming community spread in the country, with recovery numbers slipping in stark contrast to newly identified cases.

The recent spike reduced the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to 55.6 percent.

The number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed 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 continues to record a significant number of COVID-19 cases, similar to the first weeks following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.

Noting the economic repercussions of implementing lockdown measures again, authorities have continually requested the public to adhere to HPA's safety guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus as life continues in the 'new normal'.

Authorities are now shutting down establishments that violate HPA's guidelines. The state has also announced a curfew from 2200hrs to 0500hrs in the Greater Male' region, where the spread is centred, as a precautionary measure to curb the virus spread.

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 19.8 million people and claimed over 731,100 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 12.7 million people have recovered.