Covid-19 crisis emergency motion dismissed by Maldives Parliament

Adam Shareef, MP of Maduvvari Constituency | Photo: Maldives Parliament

Malé, Maldives – The motion regarding the escalating Covid-19 crisis in Maldives put forth by the PG Leader of opposition PNC Adam Shareef Umar has been dismissed by the Maldives Parliament.

MP of Maduvvari Constituency Adam Shareef Umar put forth a motion calling for the government to develop resources and focus on innovative fields to suppress the worsening Covid-19 situation in Maldives. 12 members voted for the motion while 18 Parliamentary members opposed it, as a result the motion was dismissed.

MP Adam during the proposal, noted that there are delays in receiving Covid-19 results in some atolls and stressed on how experts are concerned that medical services are overburdened and frontline workers are exhausted.

MP Adam added that new resources must be developed to treat Covid-19 patients in Maldives and that firm precautions must be strictly implemented in order to survive the pandemic. He also noted that a more efficient way of administering vaccines must be established.

During his speech, MP Adam stressed on how the Covid-19 situation in Maldives has currently gotten out of hand and that better resources must be developed in order to find a solution for this.

Maldives recorded 1,465 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday alone. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 47,421 out of which 29,086 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 18, 2021. In addition to this, 6 Covid-19 deaths were recorded this morning.

While the country is currently going through the worst waves that has hit the country in terms of the pandemic, currently there are 268 patients receiving hospitalized care for the virus throughout the country. With majority of the hospitalized patients being in the capital, experts continuously reiterate the importance of taking preventive steps against Covid-19, such as maintaining adequate physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene.