The Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Saturday announced that 89 more individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives, while 111 people recovered from the disease.
The new cases include 63 Maldivians, 20 Bangladeshis, five Indians and one Sri Lankan citizen.
✳️ COVID-19 Case Updates
As of 30.08.2020, 06:00 PM
Confirmed an additional 89 cases of COVID-19 infections in Maldives
– 63 Maldivians
– 20 Bangladeshis
– 5 Indians
– 1 Sri Lankan
Total number of cases: 7,667 pic.twitter.com/xGJyF6fpDv
— Health Protection Agency (@HPA_MV) August 30, 2020
According to the agency, 88 of the new positive cases were reported in the Greater Male’ Region, while the remaining case was detected from an island outside of the capital area.
With these developments, the island nation now records total 7,667 confirmed and 2,597 active COVID-19 cases, along with 5,036 recoveries and 28 deaths.
In addition to the Greater Male’ region, active virus cases are present in 31 inhabited islands as well as 15 resorts across the archipelago.
After recording significantly low numbers in the months of May and June, the island nation recorded a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases per capita, indicating an alarming community spread in the country.
With the increasing number of infections, the number of recoveries has also risen in the past couple of weeks, after the recent spike reduced the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to the lowest 53 per cent. This value currently stands at 65 per cent.
The number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a ‘new normal’ with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions across the Greater Male’ Region. As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Maldives’ capital Malé continues to record a significant number of COVID-19 cases, similar to the first weeks following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.
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 25 million people and claimed over 843,100 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 17.3 million people have recovered.
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