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COVID-19: Maldives breaks record with 585 positive cases in 24 hours

Nafaahath Ibrahim
04 May 2021, MVT 10:53
Random sample collection. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
04 May 2021, MVT 10:53

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Monday announced that 585 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives, while 134 recovered from the disease.

This was the highest number of positive cases in the country within a 24 hour period, breaking the record of 508 cases recorded just a day earlier.

Hence the country has broken its own record for number of positive cases two days in a row.

HPA revealed that of the new cases, 379 were from the greater Male’ region, 160 cases from residential islands, 11 cases from operational resorts and 15 from industrial islands.

Although the number of cases started to decline earlier in April, figures have been rapidly increasing recently.

In order to control the new surge of cases. HPA on Sunday announced that starting from Tuesday, April 4, travel between the islands will be restricted, with the exception of the greater Male' area. The restrictions are to be placed for one week.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the agency announced further measures including re-introducing vehicle ban from 0000hrs till 0400 hrs and closing off face-to-face clases

Currently, the island nation records a total of 31,330 virus cases of which 6,033 are active cases, in addition to 25,214 recoveries and 74 deaths.

Notably, this marks the first time the number of active cases surpassed 6000.

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 153 million people and claimed over 3.2 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 131 million people have recovered.

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