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COVID-19: Maldives records 33 new cases, 45 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
23 October 2020, MVT 22:12
Male City aerial view from Dharumavantha Hospital’s rooftop. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
23 October 2020, MVT 22:12

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Friday, announced that 33 more individuals tested positive for COVID-19 while 45 more have recovered.

According to the agency, the new cases consist of 20 locals and 13 foreigners.

HPA revealed that 24 of the new infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region while the remaining nine cases 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 23 resorts across the archipelago.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 11,391 virus cases of which 919 are active cases, in addition to 10,428 recoveries and 38 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 42.2 million people and claimed over 1.1 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 31.2 million people have recovered.

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