Covid-19 : Restrictions in Malé to be eased this week

Spokesperson of the Presidents Office, Mohamed Mabrook Azeez | Photo: HEOC

Malé, Maldives – The Government has revealed that restrictions placed in the capital city Malé after the recent surge in Covid-19 cases are to be eased this week.

At a press briefing at the Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC), Spokesperson Mabrook Azeez stated that there are discussions to ease multiple restrictions, adding that the specifics will be announced after said discussions conclude.

The most recent restrictions are set to expire in a few days after President Solih extended lockdown duration by another week.

“The common consensus is to ease restrictions as much as safely possible, so by the end of this week, you’ll be informed of additional changes” said Mabrook.

However, he noted that compared to some other restriction eases since the pandemic began, there will not be any large restriction lifts this time. He disclosed that restrictions that prevents individuals with 2 doses of vaccines to travel without quarantine, will not be lifted as the situation in the Maldives has not recovered to that extent yet.

There are currently 11,000 active Covid-19 case in the Maldives, the last reporting period revealed less than 100 cases in the Malé region, but this could be an anomaly.

Mabrook Azeez

Current measures against Covid-19 include the lockdown of capital Malé city and various other islands with active cases, in addition to discouraging non-essential travel at all times.

Covid cases in the Maldives have reached over 70,000, with the death toll nearing 200 after the recent surge that experts suggest may not be the last wave.