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COVID-19: Maldives records 25 new cases, 48 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
29 October 2020, MVT 22:19
Frontline workers collecting random samples on the streets of Malé City. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
29 October 2020, MVT 22:19

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Thursday, announced that 25 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 while 48 more have recovered.

According to the agency, the new cases consist of 16 locals and nine foreigners.

HPA revealed that 16 of the new infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region while the remaining nine cases were 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.

Maldives currently records a total of 11,616 virus cases of which 839 are active cases, in addition to 10,733 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, with a few spikes on rare occasions.

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 45 million people and claimed over 1.1 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 32.8 million people have recovered.

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