A Bangladeshi national who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away in the Maldives.
Doctors believe his death is unrelated to COVID-19, and is more likely to have been a complication from a preexisting medical condition.
Speaking at the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC)'s daily press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Mohamed Faishan from state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital said the man was brought to IGMH after suffering a seizure, and died due to a bleed in his brain from a ruptured nerve. The doctor said while blood flow to the brain is sometimes constricted as a result of COVID-19, a CT scan carried out on the patient showed a substantial amount of bleeding in the brain. However, his death will be classified as a COVID-19 related death as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The doctor added that the deceased had not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to his death.
551 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Maldives thus far. The new death increases the Maldives' toll to 2.