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COVID-19: Recoveries top 3,000 as Maldives records 78 new cases

Fathmath Shaahunaz
14 August 2020, MVT 22:18
People go about their daily lives in the bustling Maldivian capital Male' amidst the 'new normal'. Authorities have continually requested the public to adhere to the Health Protection Agency (HPA)'s safety guidelines in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
14 August 2020, MVT 22:18

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Friday confirmed that an additional 78 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while recovered cases topped 3,000.

According to the agency, the new cases include 46 Maldivians, 25 Bangladeshi nationals, four Indians, two Sri Lankans and one Nepali citizen.

Meanwhile, 90 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,010.

HPA stated that 74 of the newly positive cases were identified in the Greater Male' region while four were identified in islands outside of the capital area.

Earlier the same day, HPA announced the 22nd virus-related death in Maldives, with the passing of a 61-year-old Maldivian female. She was the 17th local that succumbed to the virus.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 5,572 confirmed and 2,540 active COVID-19 cases, along with 3,010 recoveries and 22 deaths.

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

Furthermore, HPA noted that active cases are present in eight resorts across the archipelago, including six tourists and 12 staff members with confirmed infections.

Currently, Maldives has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases 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 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'.

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 21.1 million people and claimed over 759,400 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 13.9 million people have recovered.

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