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COVID-19: Maldives records 116 new cases, 95 recoveries

18 February 2021, MVT 22:25
Police monitoring Male' City after curfew hours. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
18 February 2021, MVT 22:25

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Thursday, announced that 116 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while 95 recovered from the disease.

According to the agency, 108 new cases were detected from the Greater Male' Region, three cases identified in inhabited islands, four in operational resorts, and the remaining one from a liveaboard.

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 2,398 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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