Covid-19 community transmission

Maldives reports 68 new Covid-19 cases, total reaches 2,899

  • 68 new coronavirus cases were reported in the country on Thursday
  • An additional 18 patients have recovered from the virus
  • There are currently 530 active cases in the country

K. Male' 2020 Jul 17 | Fri 00:00 local 4,860

Samples collected for testing - Yoosuf Sofwan Rasheed

Maldives total Covid-19 cases has reached 2,899.

68 new coronavirus cases were reported in the country on Thursday. While most of the cases are locals (47), the remaining are nine Bangladeshi nationals, four nationals each from Sri Lankan and India, three Filipino nationals and one Nepalese.

The 68 cases were confirmed among the 680 samples tested in 24 hours, as per the Health Protection Agency (HPA)'s statistics.

Further, an additional 18 patients have recovered from the virus, pushing the total recoveries to 2,339.

Kudafaree island in Noonu atoll is still under monitoring, as a number of contacts of an elderly resident that tested positive for Covid-19 remain under quarantine.

While the country has reported 15 deaths to Covid-19 with the last one reported on Thursday, there are currently 530 active cases in the country.

Active cases had been below 500 for weeks.

Maldives’ first Covid-19 cases were detected from a resort on March 7. While a community transmission was confirmed on April 15, the greater Malé region was immediately locked down. Authorities began easing the lockdown on May 29, and the country is currently in the third phase of the ease plan.

Last updated at: 2 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim

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