HPA confirms six additional cases in the capital

HPA confirms six additional cases in the capital

The Health Protection Agency (HPA), on Friday, confirmed that samples from six individuals tested positive for COVID-19.

According to HPA, case MAV111, MAV112, MAV113, MAV114, MAV115 and MAV116 consist of two Maldivians, two Bangladeshis, one Indian and one Sri Lankan.

The latest development places the number of cases in Male' City, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, at 97. Out of these, 45 are confirmed to be expatriates.

Maldives' first confirmed case of COVID-19 within the capital city of Male', was recorded on April 15, involving a local woman that sought assistance from a flu clinic in Malé after developing symptoms.

HPA subsequently placed the greater Male' region under lockdown for 24 hours and extended the measures for a 14-day period on April 17 after new cases surfaced.

Maldives now records 116 positive cases, two probable and 100 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 16 recoveries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 2.7 million people and claimed over 191,000 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 749,800 people have recovered.