Avoid calling Covid-19 emergency line for minor issues: Dr. Nazla

Dr. Nazla Rafeeq at a National Emergency Operations Center press briefing. | Photo: Sun.

Male’, Maldives — The spokesperson of the Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC), Dr. Nazla Rafeeg urges all citizens to avoid calling the Covid-19 emergency line 1676 for minor issues.

Dr. Nazla tweeted regarding this matter and stated that the HEOC has received several calls on minor issues that concern legal and travel documents.

This is why, Dr. Nazla urged all the citizens to avoid calling the Covid-19 emergency line for minor issues as it causes a huge delay in attending the calls that are actual medical emergencies.

Along with the surge in the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases, HEOC revealed that the new Covid-19 variant has also been found in the Maldives. Public Health Expert, Dr Sheena Moosa said that this new variant was found using the same proxy indicators as the UK. The same protein structure of the variant was found in the Maldives.

The new variant is the cause for the sudden escalation of cases in the Malé city and the same variant has been confirmed in the atolls. The new variant is highly contagious and has a more severe impact on the infected person.

With this, the HEOC has has imposed several restrictions in the country to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the new Covid-19 variant. This includes of mandating masks throughout the country,  a curfew from 8:30PM in the capital Male’ city, along with a restriction going outside from 11PM to 4:30AM, for 14 days.

In addition to this, all preschools have been ordered to close immediately with universities having to conduct online classes for the upcoming two weeks. Along with this, all sports activities in the Male’ area has also been prohibited until further notice.