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COVID-19: HPA confirms 39 new cases, 33 recoveries in Maldives

Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 October 2020, MVT 23:31
During the drill exercise held to launch the national ambulance services in Maldives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 October 2020, MVT 23:31

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, announced that 39 more individuals tested positive for COVID-19 while 33 more have recovered.

According to the agency, the new cases consist of 33 locals and six foreigners.

HPA revealed that 38 of the new infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region while the remaining case was identified outside the capital area.

In addition to the Greater Male' Region, active virus cases are currently present in 21 inhabited islands as well as 18 resorts across the archipelago.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 11,271 virus cases of which 993 are active cases, in addition to 10,234 recoveries and 37 deaths.

During August, 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 fell 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 percent.

Despite the sustained decrease in virus cases, 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 40.9 million people and claimed over 1.1 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 30.4 million people have recovere

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