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COVID-19: Maldives records 142 new cases, 135 recoveries

Nafaahath Ibrahim
17 February 2021, MVT 22:54
A frontline worker collecting random samples on a Male’ City road. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
17 February 2021, MVT 22:54

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Wednesday, revealed that Maldives recorded 142 new cases of COVID-19 and 135 recoveries.

As per the agency, 129 of these new cases were found from the Greater Male' Region, six were identified in inhabited islands. Additionally, there were five cases found on operational resorts and two cases on liveaboards.

After a long period of recording low numbers towards the end of 2020, Maldives is now experiencing its third wave of the pandemic, with the introduction of the United Kingdom’s highly contagious virus variant.

Currently, the island nation records a total of 18,224 virus cases of which 2,391 are active cases, in addition to 15,768 recoveries and 58 deaths.

With the sudden spike in numbers, HPA introduced a new curfew, which prohibits civilians from roads and public spaces between 2300 to 0430 hrs, while vehicle movements are banned between 1800 to 0600 hrs.

The restrictions are implemented across capital Male', its suburbs Vilimale' and Hulhumale', airport island Hulhule', industrial island Gulhifalhu and landfill island Thilafushi.

On March 12, 2020, WHO classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. To date, the new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 110 million people and claimed over 2.4 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 85 million people have recovered.

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