Civil Service Commission implements work from home for direct contacts

Civil servants pictured in front of Velaanaage building | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Civil Service Commission (CSC) of the Maldives has announced that employees who are direct contacts of Covid-19 patients must work from home.

In their circular, the CSC stated that the commission will facilitate Covid-19 positive civil servants to work remotely from their homes for the duration of their quarantine. Further, civil servants who test positive for Covid-19 will be granted leave.

The statement comes after the Health Protection Agency (HPA) decreased the quarantine duration for Covid-19 positive patients on Thursday.

According to the new HPA guidelines asympomatic Covid-19 positive individuals must quarantine for only 7 days from the day their sample was collected. Symptomatic patients must observe quarantine for all the days that they show symptoms and an additional 24 hours after the symptoms cease.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are direct contact with Covid-19 patients must observe quarantine for 10 days while those who have not completed 2 doses of Covid-19 vaccine must quarantine for 14 days.

Covid-19 numbers are at a record high with the onset of the Omicron variant in the Maldives even as there are over two weeks for the curve to peak. Currently the island nation has 5,975 active cases and 1,209 active cases. Daily positive cases include 575 from the greater Malé region, 408 from the islands, 155 from operational resorts and 4 from liveaboards.

The hospitalizations are considerably low with only 26 cases.