More than 200 police officers on patrol during curfew

Police monitoring curfew in Malé | Photo: Maldives Police Service

Malé, Maldives –  Maldives Police Service has revealed that more than 200 police officers will be on patrol to monitor streets during curfew hours.

Police stated that under their efforts to enforce Covid-19 guidelines, operational police stationed in Malé city along with senior officers have been active in the streets of the capital since yesterday.

165 Operation police officers and 44 senior officers are active during curfew hours and other times. These 209 officers are working 2 shifts according to latest statements by police.

This comes after Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) imposed several restrictions in the country to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the new Covid-19 variant found in Maldives. This includes mandating masks throughout the country,  a curfew from 8:30PM in the capital Male’ city, with restrictions to going outside from 11PM to 4:30AM, for 14 days.

Experts say that 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 as well. While the variant has been confirmed to be more contagious, experts in the have UK reported that this variant may be associated with an increased risk of death compared to other variant viruses. However, the CDC has reported that more studies are needed to confirm this finding.

110 of the confirmed 137 cases today, were recorded from the greater Malé area. Maldives currently has a total 2014 active cases, and health experts have warned the country about the possibility of overwhelming medical facilities if the curve is not controlled.