Fulfilling individual responsibilities alone cannot recover the Covid-19 situation now: Malé Mayor Elect Muizzu

Former Minister of Housing and Infrastructure and Malé City mayoral candidate, Dr. Mohamed Muiz | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives —The Mayor elect of Male’ city and the former Housing Minister of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has stated that the Covid-19 situation in Maldives cannot be recovered now by only fulfilling individual responsibilities.

The statement from Muizzu comes after the  small island nation recorded 601 cases. Statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 601 cases, 440 were from the Malé area. In addition, Dharumavantha Hospital (DH11) ICU is at full capacity, with six people on ventilators.

While noting that the Covid-19 situation has once again worsened specifically in the greater Male’ area, Muizzu stated that the there needs to be foreign, civil and economic policy reform in relation to the pandemic.

Muizzu has not been the only one to blame the government policies for the sudden rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. The public has also criticized the government by saying that the Covid-19 situation has worsen due to the policies used by the concerned authorities.

… I [still] advise to take protective measures, adhere to the instructions given by the concerned authorities and to be an example in fulfilling individual responsibilities.

Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, Malé Mayor Elect

While the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases and active cases were considerably low in late 2020, the cases have been rising rapidly by going over 50 cases in a day after the restrictive measures were eased last month followed by the local council elections that was held on April 10.

At present, there are only 7 facilities, with all less than 50 beds, in the atolls according to data released by HPA on 30 April 2021. The facilities with the highest capacity are B. Atoll facility with 45 beds and GA. Vilingili facility with 43 beds, while HA. Ihavandhoo and Gn. Fuvahmulah has only 3 beds. The rest are L. Gan facility (41 beds), Addu City (34 beds) and Sh. Atoll facility (20 beds).

The total number f Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 31,931 out of which 25,340 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 4, 2021.