Health Ministry extends state of public health emergency

Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem | Photo: PSM News

Malé, Maldives – The Ministry of Health on Monday, extended the state of Public Health Emergency declared due to global pandemic COVID-19, for an additional month.

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 recommends that there is still a danger of the virus spreading and advised to continue the exceptional steps being taken in order to control the spread of COVID-19.

With this, the Ministry of Health has decided to extend the state of public health emergency till September 1st.

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.

While Maldives recently saw the biggest wave of Covid-19 to have hit the country since the pandemic began in early 2020. However, the country is now recovering with decreasing number of daily cases. In the past 24 hours, the country recorded 115 new cases of Covid-19 taking the total number of active cases in the country to 2556.