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COVID-19: HPA confirms 21st death in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
12 August 2020, MVT 11:18
A man disinfects an ambulance. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
12 August 2020, MVT 11:18

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Wednesday announced the 21st COVID-19 related fatality in Maldives.

The deceased was a 77-year-old Maldivian female, who was admitted at the Hulhumale' Medical Facility.

She passed away at 0920 hrs.

She is the 16th local to have succumbed to the virus. The remaining deaths concerned four Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino citizen.

Maldives now records total 5,223 confirmed and 2,353 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,849 recoveries and 21 deaths.

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 54.9 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.

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 20.5 million people and claimed over 745,900 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 13.4 million people have recovered.