Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday morning, announced the 44th COVID-19 related fatality in the Maldives, less than 24 hours after the previous death.
The deceased was a 52-year-old Maldivian male, who was receiving treatment at Hulhumalé Medical Facility (HMF)’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
He passed away at 11:32 hours.
He is the 37th local to have succumbed to the virus in the Maldives. The remaining fatalities consist of seven expatriates, including six Bangladeshi nationals and one Filipino citizen.
With this development, Maldives currently records a total of 12,154 virus cases of which 841 are active cases, in addition to 11,262 recoveries and 44 deaths.
During August, authorities tightened the safety measures implemented in the Greater Male’ region, following an alarming upsurge of COVID-19 cases after the state initiated efforts to steer the country towards a ‘new normal’ with the phased easing of lockdown restrictions.
After a long period of recording over 100 daily cases, the numbers fell to two-digits during the most part of September. Throughout October the numbers had slipped further down below 50, with a few spikes on rare occasions.
Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to over 92 per cent.
Despite the sustained decrease in virus cases, HPA has renewed calls for citizens to adhere to protective measures to contain the spread of the virus, cautioning against a public sentiment that the outbreak has been “controlled”.
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 54.8 million people and claimed over 1.3 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 38.1 million people have recovered.
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