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COVID-19: Maldives records 34th death

Fathmath Shaahunaz
21 September 2020, MVT 09:55
Health workers during the drill held in the capital city of Male' to launch the national ambulance service. FILE PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
21 September 2020, MVT 09:55

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, confirmed the 34th COVID-19 related death in Maldives.

The deceased was a 90-year-old Maldivian man, who passed away at 0125 hrs. He was admitted at the Hulhumale' Medical Facility.

He marks the 28th local to have succumbed to the virus in Maldives. The remaining fatalities include five Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino citizen.

Maldives currently records a total of 9,724 virus cases of which 1,423 are active cases, as well as 8,261 recoveries and 34 deaths.

In addition to the Greater Male' region, active virus cases are currently present in 24 inhabited islands as well as 26 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.

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 31.2 million people and claimed over 965,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 22.8 million people have recovered.

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