COVID-19: HPA advises caution ahead of school holidays

Maldives Islands | Photo: Catherine Poh Huay Tan / Flickr

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA), today, advises families to practice cautionary measures during the upcoming school holidays.

Speaking a press conference held today, HPA epidemiologist Dr Ibrahim Afzal stated that Maldives has not yet overcome Covid-19 completely and therefore must practice caution. Dr Afzal advised against making trips outside unless absolutely necessary and observe social distancing in crowded areas.

There is an increase in domestic travel during the school holidays.

The HPA epidemiologist also highlighted the refusal to wear masks adding that it is imperative to wear masks when outside.

Masks are a crucial step in staying safe of Covid-19. Please wear masks and wear it properly when you do wear it.

HPA epidemiologist Dr Ibrahim Afzal

Statistics released by Health Protection Agency (HPA) reveal that that 123 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the Maldives on Tuesday. While 19 cases were from the Malé area, 87 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. Additionally, 17 new cases were found from operational resorts, adding up to 1,700 active cases in the country.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Maldives has reached 90,944 out of which 88,715 patients have made full recoveries, as of 24 November 2021. To date, the country has recorded 248 Covid-19 related fatalities.

Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) has informed that Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Maradhoofeydhoo and Feydhoo of Addu City have been under monitoring status for the longest period of time to date in the Maldives.

The joint islands of Addu City were placed under monitoring on 28 August 2021. Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo in Addu City were placed under monitoring on 4 September 2021.