Covid-19 restrictions eased with declining cases

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaking at the MDP event held to finish the Local Council Elections campaign | Photo: Lucas

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday afternoon, announced easements in the Covid-19 restrictions as the number of daily cases are slowly decreasing.

The statement comes at Tuesday’s press conference where President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih detailed the easements in restrictions.

The following easements are to be implemented in the capital city from 1st July onwards.

  • Cafés and restaurants are to commence dine in services.
  • Curfew changed from 8pm – 4am.
  • All businesses can operate during non-curfew hours.
  • Mosques may hold congregated prayer with social distancing.
  • Permits are not required during non-curfew hours.

Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began with record number of daily cases. Alarmingly, the most recent case numbers indicate a higher positive rate in the islands while capital city Malé recovers. The numbers have now slowly started to decrease and citizens are advised to strictly obey HPA guidelines and remain at home as much a possible.

This comes while Health Protection Agency (HPA) had recorded only 155 Covid-19 cases yesterday out of the 4,972 samples taken. As per the agency’s statistics, out of the new cases, 28 were from the Greater Malé area, while 70 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included six cases from operational resorts and two from islands under development, bringing the total active cases in the country to 3,883.

The total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 71,482 out of which 69,378 patients have made full recoveries till date