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COVID-19: HPA confirms 107 new cases, 198 recoveries

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed on Saturday that 107 more individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives, while 198 patients recovered from the disease.

According to the agency, the new cases include 73 Maldivians, 29 Bangladeshi nationals, three Indians, one Sri Lankan and one Filipino.

HPA stated that 104 of the new positive cases were identified in the Greater Male’ region while three were identified in islands outside of the capital area.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 5,679 confirmed and 2,449 active COVID-19 cases, along with 3,208 recoveries and 22 deaths.

In addition to the Greater Male’ region, active virus cases are also present in Ihavandhoo and Filladhoo in Haa Alif Atoll, Naivaadhoo and Kurinbi in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Hulhudhuffaaru in Raa Atoll, Kudarikilu and Kamadhoo in Baa Atoll, Hinnavaru and Naifaru in Lhaviyani Atoll, Thulusdhoo in Kaafu Atoll, Nilandhoo in Faafu Atoll, Fuvahmulah City, and Hithadhoo and Feydhoo in Addu City.

Furthermore, HPA noted that active cases are present in nine resorts across the archipelago, including five tourists and 13 staff members with confirmed infections.

Currently, Maldives has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita in the world.

The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases per capita, after recording significantly low numbers in the months of May and June, indicates an alarming community spread in the country, with recovery numbers slipping in stark contrast to newly identified cases.

The recent spike reduced the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to 56.4 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.

Noting the economic repercussions of implementing lockdown measures again, authorities have continually requested the public to adhere to HPA’s safety guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus as life continues in the ‘new normal’.

The state has also announced a curfew from 2200hrs to 0500hrs in the Greater Male’ region, where the spread is centred, as a precautionary measure to curb the virus spread.

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 21.4 million people and claimed over 766,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 14.2 million people have recovered.

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