Up to MVR 5,000 will be fined for quarantine violations: HPA

Frontline workers ready to assist Covid-19 patients to isolation facilities. | Photo via RaajjeMV

Malé, Maldives — HPA states that they will be fining up to MVR 5,000 for quarantine violations.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) Has recently brought changes to its guideline on isolation and quarantine facilities, introducing violation fees.

According to the amendment published on the government gazette, it states that all residents of Maldives are required to comply with quarantine and isolation orders, and must provide full cooperation in the work to stop the Covid-19 virus from spreading.

Furthmore, the amendment notes states that violations have now been declared as an offense in the country. Violating quarantine rules now carries fines up to MVR 5,000. This is as the first-time violaters will be facing a MVR 2,500 fine, second-time a MVR 3,500 fine, and the three-time or continuous violators have the possibility of facing a MVR 5,000 fine for every violation, according to HPA.

The change to the guidelines has been applied by HPA due to the surge in the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maldives. The surge in cases has led to an increase in the number of patients being admitted in hospitals and those who are taken to facilities for further monitoring as well.

Maldives has up to date confirmed a total of 8,003 cases, increased by over 4,000 cases in just a month. While the country has 2,703 active cases remaining, 5,265 people have completely recovered from the virus as well. The death toll of Maldives is at 29.