MP Ikram Hassan calls to ban unvaccinated individuals from going outside

MP Ikram Hassan of Dhiggaru constituency | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – the MP of Dhiggaru constituency Ikram Hassan has called on to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to ban unvaccinated individuals from being able to go out in public, and to allow leniency in everyday lives in relation to vaccines.

The MP made the controversial statement in a Tweet he sent out on Friday night, at a time when the HPA has explicitly stated that the vaccines cannot be made mandatory on any individual, however, while urging that vaccines are important and encouraged in order to attain herd immunity and save as many lives as possible.

As of now, more than 138,000 individuals have received the first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Maldives, under the nationwide Covid-19 Dhifaau campaign. Maldives is currently administering the Covishield vaccine, which is the AstraZeneca vaccine mass produced by the Serum Institute of India, and marketed under the name Covishield.

Although vaccination is in progress, authorities still remain vigilant in enforcing movement and precautionary restrictions when it comes to Covid-19, as the risk of spreading the disease has not yet diminished. As such a curfew from 23:00 to 04:00 is being implemented in the Male’ area, along with a vehicle operation starting from 18:00 of every night.