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COVID-19: Maldives records 116 new cases, 31 recoveries

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Monday, revealed that an additional 116 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives while 31 patients recovered.

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the new cases include 77 Maldivians, 27 Bangladeshi nationals, six Sri Lankans, five Indians and one Nepali citizen.

HPA stated that 111 of the new positive cases were identified in the Greater Male’ region while the remaining five were detected on other islands.

With these developments, Maldives now records total 5,157 confirmed and 2,303 active COVID-19 cases, along with 2,835 recoveries and 19 deaths.

In addition to the Greater Male’ region, active virus cases are also present in Kelaa, Ihavandhoo and Filladhoo of Haa Alif Atoll, Naivaadhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Hulhudhuffaaru in Raa Atoll, Kudarikilu and Kamadhoo in Baa Atoll, Hinnavaru of Lhaviyani Atoll, Maafushi of Kaafu Atoll, Fulidhoo of Vaavu Atoll, Fuvahmulah City and Hithadhoo of Addu City.

Furthermore, HPA revealed that active cases are present in nine resorts across the archipelago as well, including six tourists and 10 staff members with confirmed infections.

Currently, the island nation records the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases confirmed 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 54.9 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’.

As part of the government’s efforts to inspect and shut down establishments that violate HPA’s guidelines, a total of 1,545 facilities were inspected, of which 258 were temporarily shutdown.

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 20.1 million people and claimed over 735,721 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 12.9 million people have recovered.

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