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COVID-19: HPA confirms 48 additional cases, 48 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
22 September 2020, MVT 22:21
Frontliners donned in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Hulhumale' Medical Faciltiy (HMF). PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
22 September 2020, MVT 22:21

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, confirmed an additional 48 cases of COVID-19 and 48 recoveries in Maldives.

According to the agency, the new cases include 28 locals and 20 foreigners.

HPA revealed that 47 of the infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region, while only one case was detected outside of the capital area.

In addition to the Greater Male' Region, active virus cases are currently present in 23 inhabited islands as well as 25 resorts across the archipelago.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 9,818 virus cases of which 1,340 are active cases, in addition to 8,438 recoveries and 34 deaths.

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 85.9 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 31.6 million people and claimed over 971,709 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 23.2 million people have recovered.

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