Daily Covid-19 cases expected to drop below 40 in a few weeks: Minister Aslam

Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (and Acting Health Minister), Mohamed Aslam | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives — The Acting Health Minister, Mohamed Aslam said that the daily Covid-19 cases will likely drop below 40 in less than two months speaking at parliament today.

After being summoned to the first parliament sitting of the third session on Monday, Aslam stated that as the daily cases recorded appeared to be below 40 when the lockdown in the capital Malé region was first lifted, he foresees that it will return to this count in about one and a half months without raising “an additional wave.”

Aslam further added that the new daily cases have decreased by a great extend after the “second wave” hit on Maldives due to the easement on the lockdown. While previously there were three-digit number of cases, the cases being recorded lately have been on two-digits for over a month. Aslam also added that the basic reproduction number of Covid-19 in Maldives is “just below one.”

After the country eased the protective measures taken, the island nation saw a surge in the number of daily confirmed cases after entering the third phase of lockdown easing on July. However, since September, the count of daily cases have been decreasing at a constant rate in the country.

The spike in cases had forced the authorities to impose additional Covid-19 safety measures in the capital region to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the area. The safety measures taken included of a curfew and vehicle movement restriction.

Although, authorities have lifted the nine-hour vehicle movement restriction after considering the few confirmed daily cases, the 10pm curfew still remains.