Covid-19: Inter-island travel to be banned

Police officers guiding people at the traffic light to cross Sinamalé Bridge which links the islands of Malé, Hulhulé and Hulhumalé | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced a ban of inter island travel from May 4, 2021 onward to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the island nation.

In an announcement made by HPA announcing strict measures around the country, HPA has banned traveling from one island to the other for non essential purposes.

HPA had also advised local councils to monitor those who travel between islands for basic necessities such as for medical reasons and other essential services with relevant authorities.

The decision from HPA comes while number of active cases in Maldives has risen over 1,200 with 25 islands being under monitoring including Addu City. This comes while the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 30,237 out of which 24,934 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 01, 2021 which includes 5,221 active cases in the nation in total.