Top govt. official assigned for every atoll to manage Covid-19

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has assigned political appointees in high government positions for each atoll to manage the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The Health Ministry has stated that this is an attempt to strengthen coordination and monitor the deteriorating situation of the atolls. State ministers and deputy ministers from different ministries have been selected and assigned for all the different atolls.

Health Ministry added that they will work with the councils and task forces of the atolls to identify, monitor and bring attention to the problems in controlling Covid-19, and will inform Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) and concerned authorities.

Prior to this, an emergency motion submitted to the Maldives Parliament on May 24 to bring attention to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the atolls and to hold the government responsible for the Covid-19 crisis in the country.

While the Maldives is facing the worst hit of Covid-19 yet, approximately 1000 people are testing positive for Covid-19 every day. 70 islands are currently under monitoring.

The total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 60,844, with 901 new cases recorded yesterday. 36,862 Covid-19 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 28, 2021. 157 people have died due to Covid-19 in the Maldives with the highest recorded daily death toll at 13.