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COVID-19: Maldives records 44 new cases, 26 recoveries

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Friday, confirmed an additional 44 cases of COVID-19 and 26 recoveries.

According to the agency, the new cases consist of 38 locals and six foreigners.

HPA revealed that 40 of the infections were reported in the Greater Male’ Region, while the remaining 4 cases were detected outside of the capital area.

With these developments, Maldives currently records a total of 10,398 virus cases of which 1,144 are active cases, in addition to 9,213 recoveries and 34 deaths.

During last month, 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 have fallen to two-digits during the most part of September. Within this same period, the number of recoveries saw a significant increase, bringing the number of recovered cases to 88.7 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 34.6 million people and claimed over 1 million lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 25.7 million people have recovered.

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