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Maldives seeks foreign aid to tackle COVID crisis

Lamya Abdulla
20 May 2021, MVT 11:50
Mohamed Mabrook Azeez at the HEOC press on Wednesday evening -- PhotoL HEOC
Lamya Abdulla
20 May 2021, MVT 11:50

Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) said on Wednesday evening that the government required foreign aid to deal with COVID-19 crisis in Maldives right now and they are working to ensure they get it.

Towards the end of April 2021, the number of cases in Maldives started to increase, both in the Greater Male' Area and in the administrative islands as well.

In order to contain the spread, in the first week of May, Health Protection Agency (HPA) announced travel restrictions for the entire country and later curfews for the Greater Male' Area and for certain other areas as wel.

Speaking at the media briefing held by HEOC, Spokesperson to the President, Mohamed Mabrook Azeez said that they have been discussing to seek international aid.

"We want international aid. We are working in all ways to make sure we receive it. We are in discussion with countries that are willing to provide us with aid and we are trying to figure out ways that can be made possible," Mabrook said.

He noted that international aid Maldives received previously was still in use.

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases have seen over 1,000 people getting tested positive almost daily for several weeks now. This month alone, 39 people have died due to COVID, and the healthcare facility of Maldives has been overwhelmed.

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