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COVID-19: Maldives records 98 new cases, 130 recoveries

07 March 2021, MVT 08:47
A police officer on the streets of Male' during curfew hours. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
07 March 2021, MVT 08:47

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Saurday, announced that 98 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while 130 recovered from the disease.

According to the agency, 78 of the new cases were detected from the Greater Male' Region, six were identified in inhabited islands and 14 were from operational resorts.

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 20,663 virus cases of which 2,613 are active cases, in addition to 17,979 recoveries and 64 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 116.9 million people and claimed over 2.5 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 92 million people have recovered.

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