Veteran actor Koyya Hassan Manik passes away from COVID-19

Koyya Hassan Manik (R) with Yoosuf Shafeeu (Youppe) (L).

Veteran movie star Koyya Hassan Manik has passed away at the age of 67 while undergoing treatment at the Dharumavatha Hospital in Male’ after contracting COVID-19.

He passed away at Dharumavantha Hospital on Saturday morning.

Koyya Hassan Manik entered the entertainment industry in 1989, and starred in a number of movies as well as TV dramas.

His death marks the second COVID-19 fatality in Maldives within less than 12 hours – coming after  another COVID-19 patient hospitalized in Dharumavantha Hospital – identified as a 63-year-old Maldivian female – passed away at 01:43 am.

Maldives has 18,467 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 127 new cases recorded on Friday. 15,965 patients have since recovered, and the country currently has 2,446 active cases.

159 of the patients are hospitalized.

The latest fatality increases Maldives' COVID-19 death toll to 60.