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COVID-19: Maldives records 24 cases, 33 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
28 October 2020, MVT 22:18
A frontline worker collecting random samples on the streets of Malé City. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
28 October 2020, MVT 22:18

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Wednesday, announced that 24 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 while 33 more have recovered.

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

HPA revealed that 22 of the new infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region while the remaining two cases were identified outside the capital area.

In addition to the Greater Male' Region, active virus cases are currently present in 19 inhabited islands as well as 24 resorts across the archipelago.

Maldives currently records a total of 11,591 virus cases of which 862 are active cases, in addition to 10,685 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. Throughout October the numbers had slipped further down below 50, prior to the spike on Sunday.

Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to over 90 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 44.5 million people and claimed over 1.1 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 32.5 million people have recovered.

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