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COVID-19: Monitoring status lifted from Kulhudhuffushi, Nolhivaram

Mariyam Malsa
29 September 2020, MVT 11:32
Aerial view of the airport in Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll. HPA has lifted monitoring status from Kulhudhuffushi and Nolhivaram. PHOTO/IRUSHAD
Mariyam Malsa
29 September 2020, MVT 11:32

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, lifted monitoring measures implemented over Kulhudhuffushi and Nolhivaram in Haa Dhaalu Atoll.

The agency restricted movement to and from the two islands on Friday after crew members of a boat registered at Kulhudhuffushi tested positive for COVID-19.

Maldives currently records a total of 10,157 virus cases of which 1,166 are active cases, in addition to 8,950 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.

After a long period of recording over 100 daily cases, the numbers have fallen to two-digits during the most part of September. Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to 88.1 percent.

Despite the sustained increase, HPA has renewed calls for citizens to adhere to protective measures to contain the spread of the virus, cautioning against a public sentiment that the outbreak has been “controlled”.

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 33.3 million people and claimed over 1 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 24.6 million people have recovered.