Health Ministry extends state of public health emergency

Covid-19 frontline worker taking a random sample in Malé City | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives – The Ministry of Health on Thursday extended the state of Public Health Emergency declared due to global pandemic COVID-19, until July.

In the directive signed by the Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem, he stated that under the Public Health Act, the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru advised to continue the exceptional steps being taken in order to control the spread of COVID-19.

State of public health emergency was declared for the first time in Maldives on March 12, 2020, under Section 33 of the 7/2012 Public Health Act, over the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of 30 days.

Following this, it was continuously extended as the threat of the virus has not been eliminated.

With the ongoing surge of cases in Maldives, the country has surpassed over 2000 in daily cases on multiple days. Additionally, the number of deaths, particularly in the younger age groups are also on the raise.

There have been over 65,000 cases recorded in Maldives, out of which over 23,000 are active cases.