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COVID-19: HPA confirms 85 new cases, 193 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
15 September 2020, MVT 22:07
Frontline workers donned in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during a drill held at reclaimed suburb Hulhumalé. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
15 September 2020, MVT 22:07

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, confirmed an additional 85 cases of COVID-19 and 193 recoveries in Maldives.

According to the agency, the new cases include 46 locals and 39 foreigners.

HPA revealed that 82 of the additional infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region, while the remaining three cases were detected from islands outside of the capital area.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 9,328 virus cases of which 1,560 are active cases, in addition to 7,729 recoveries and 33 deaths.

In addition to the Greater Male' region, active virus cases are currently present in 21 inhabited islands as well as 32 resorts across the archipelago.

During the last month, authorities tightened the safety measures implemented in the Greater Male' region, following an alarming upsurge of COVID-19 cases after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a 'new normal' with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions.

Authorities have stated that the effects of implementing stricter measures will be reflected in the case numbers towards the end of the month.

After a long period of recording over 100 daily cases, the numbers have slipped down to two-digits during the past six days.

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.

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 29.5 million people and claimed over 934,200 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 21.3 million people have recovered.

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