COVID-19: HPA confirms 16 new cases in Maldives

COVID-19: HPA confirms 16 new cases in Maldives

Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Wednesday confirmed that 16 additional individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives.

According to the agency, the new cases include 11 Maldivians and five Bangladeshi nationals.

Following these developments, Maldives presently has a total of 2,502 confirmed and 319 active cases of COVID-19. Thus far, the country records 2,180 recoveries and 13 deaths.

As one of the most densely populated cities in the world, Maldives' capital Malé recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the first weeks following the first confirmed local transmission on April 15.

However, the number of recoveries have continued to rise, with 86 percent of patients now recovered.

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 12 million people and claimed over 548,207 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 6.9 million people have recovered.