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COVID-19: HPA confirms over 100 new positive cases, no recoveries

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Tuesday, revealed that 137 more individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives, while no additional patients recovered from the virus.

According to the agency, the new cases include 92 Maldivians, 31 Bangladeshi citizens, nine Indians, four Sri Lankans and one Filipino citizen.

With this development, the total number of positive cases has reached 3,506, with 929 active cases. Till date, the country recorded 2,547 recoveries and 15 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.

After recording low numbers for several weeks, the recent spike of virus cases has reduced the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to 75 per cent.

The number of COVID-19 cases increased 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.

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 16.7 million people and claimed over 659,800 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 10.3 million people have recovered.

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