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COVID-19: HPA confirms 33 additional cases

Ahmed Aiham
05 July 2020, MVT 23:21
Health Protection Agency (HPA)'s Senior Medical Officer Dr Nazla Rafeeq was appointed as the spokesperson of Health Emergency Operations Centre (HOEC) on Saturday. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Ahmed Aiham
05 July 2020, MVT 23:21

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Saturday, confirmed that 33 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19, while 19 patients recovered from the virus.

According to the agency, the new cases include 12 Maldivians, 18 Bangladeshi nationals, and three Indians.

With these developments, Maldives presently has a total of 2,468 confirmed and 403 active cases of COVID-19. Thus far, the country records 2,049 recoveries and 11 deaths.

As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Maldives' capital Malé recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the first weeks following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.

Further, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Maldives' large expatriate population, the majority of whom are Bangladeshi nationals and live in highly congested quarters where it is impossible to reduce contact or exercise social distancing.

However, the number of recoveries have continued to rise, with 83 percent of patients now recovered.

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 11.4 million people and claimed over 535,090 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 6.4 million people have recovered.