COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000 in Maldives

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MALE, July 23 (Xinhua) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Maldives has crossed the 3,000 mark, said the country’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) Thursday.

Fifty-nine new COVID-19 cases including 44 Maldivian nationals, 14 Bangladeshi nationals, and one Indian were detected by the HPA on Wednesday, raising the country’s total count to 3,103.

According to the HPA, 2,397 patients have fully recovered from the virus while 15 have died. HPA data showed that 478 individuals are currently in isolation facilities and 69,370 samples have been collected for testing so far, including repeated samples.

Meanwhile, state media reported that the government has concluded establishing COVID-19 treatment facilities in Gan, Laamu Atoll and Villingili, and Gaafu Alifu Atoll in a drive to decentralise treatment and ease congestion at facilities in capital Male.

The new facilities were launched through a virtual ceremony with the attendance of Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen and Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail.

Speaking at the event, Minister Ameen stressed the importance of decentralizing healthcare and added that the government was working towards becoming among the first countries to procure any potential vaccine for COVID-19. Enditem

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