COVID-19: Bangladeshi national tests positive for virus

COVID-19: Bangladeshi national tests positive for virus

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Wednesday confirmed that another Bangladeshi individual tested positive for COVID-19.

As of 1130hrs, this is the only new virus case identified on Wednesday.

With this development Maldives currently records 574 confirmed, 554 active cases of COVID-19 and a total of 20 recoveries.

Till date, Maldives recorded the highest number of daily cases on May 1, with 179 individuals testing positive for the virus. Since then, the numbers have remained significantly lower, with 22 new cases being identified on Tuesday.

Despite the low numbers, HPA's Dr Ibrahim Afzal warned that the number of individuals that test positive for the virus in the upcoming days may increase, based on the recent confirmed cases.

The country recorded its first virus death, of an 83-year-old local female, on April 29. The second death involved the passing of a 33-year-old male Bangladeshi national, following a tonic-clonic seizure, who afterwards tested positive for COVID-19.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Wednesday confirmed that another Bangladeshi individual tested positive for COVID-19.

As of 1130hrs, this is the only new virus case identified on Wednesday.

Health Protection Agency@HPA_MV

✳️ COVID-19 Case Updates

As of 11:30am, confirmed an additional case of COVID-19 infection in Maldives.

Case:
- 1 Bangladeshi

Total number of cases: 574

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2:34 PM - May 6, 2020

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With this development Maldives currently records 574 confirmed, 554 active cases of COVID-19 and a total of 20 recoveries.

Till date, Maldives recorded the highest number of daily cases on May 1, with 179 individuals testing positive for the virus. Since then, the numbers have remained significantly lower, with 22 new cases being identified on Tuesday.

Despite the low numbers, HPA's Dr Ibrahim Afzal warned that the number of individuals that test positive for the virus in the upcoming days may increase, based on the recent confirmed cases.

The country recorded its first virus death, of an 83-year-old local female, on April 29. The second death involved the passing of a 33-year-old male Bangladeshi national, following a tonic-clonic seizure, who afterwards tested positive for COVID-19.

Maldives confirms second COVID-19 related death, 33-year-old Bangladeshi national

Following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15, Malé has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. The city is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

The disease has also disproportionately affected the country's large expatriate population, the majority of whom are Bangladeshi nationals and live in highly congested quarters where it is impossible to reduce contact or exercise social distancing.

In addition to the capital, COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Uligan in Haa Alif Atoll, Narudhoo and Milandhoo in Shaviyani Atoll, and Thulusdhoo in Kaafu Atoll.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 3.7 million people and claimed over 258,840 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 1.2 million people have recovered.