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COVID-19: HPA confirms 46 new cases, 129 recoveries

Ahmed Aiham
21 September 2020, MVT 22:24
Frontline workers donning PPE at the Hulhumale' Medical Facility. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
21 September 2020, MVT 22:24

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, confirmed an additional 46 cases of COVID-19 and 129 recoveries in Maldives.

According to the agency, the new cases include 31 locals and 15 foreigners.

HPA revealed that 44 of the infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region, while the remaining two cases were detected outside of the capital area.

In addition to the Greater Male' Region, active virus cases are currently present in 22 inhabited islands as well as 27 resorts across the archipelago.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 9,770 virus cases of which 1,340 are active cases, in addition to 8,390 recoveries and 34 deaths.

The 34th dead occurred on the early hours of Monday, marking the 28th local to have succumbed to the virus in Maldives. The remaining fatalities include five Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino citizen.

During 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 two weeks.

Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to 85.8 percent.

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 31.3 million people and claimed over 966,487 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 22.9 million people have recovered.