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COVID-19: Maldives records 68 cases, 69 recoveries

Shahudha Mohamed
19 November 2020, MVT 22:26
Capital Male’ in the ‘new normal’ amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
19 November 2020, MVT 22:26

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Wednesday, announced that 68 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 while 69 more recovered.

According to the agency, the new cases consist of 36 locals and 32 foreigners.

HPA revealed that 36 of the new infections were reported in the Greater Male' Region while the remaining 32 cases were identified outside the capital area.

In addition to the Greater Male' Region, active virus cases are currently present in 11 inhabited islands as well as 27 resorts across the archipelago.

A total of 46 tourists and 110 staff members are among the current active cases in the country.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 12,452 virus cases of which 925 are active cases, in addition to 11, 474 recoveries and 45 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 56.8 million people and claimed over 1.3 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 39.5 million people have recovered.