COVID-19: HPA confirms 25th death in Maldives

COVID-19: HPA confirms 25th death in Maldives

Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Friday, confirmed the 25th COVID-19-related fatality in Maldives.

The deceased was a 82-year-old Maldivian male, who was admitted at the Hulhumale' Medical Facility (HMF).

He passed away at 0128 hrs and is the 20th local that succumbed to the virus. The remaining fatalities were Bangladeshi nationals and a Filipino citizen.

With these developments, the island nation now records total 6,370 confirmed and 2,430 active COVID-19 cases, along with 3,915 recoveries and 25 deaths.

In addition to the Greater Male' region, active virus cases are present in 20 inhabited islands throughout 13 atolls in the archipelago.

Furthermore, HPA noted that active cases are present in 12 resorts across the archipelago, including seven tourists and 13 staff members with confirmed infections.

After recording significantly low numbers in the months of May and June, the island nation recorded a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases per capita, indicating an alarming community spread in the country.

However, the number of recoveries have increased in the past few days, after the recent spike reduced the total amount of recovered patients from the peak 86 to the lowest 53 percent. This value currently stands at 61 percent.

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'.

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 22.8 million people and claimed over 797,117 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 15.5 million people have recovered.