President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sat down with ministers, relevant stakeholders and experts on Monday to discuss further strengthening safeguards against COVID-19.
According to the President's Office, he inquired about the latest measures taken to protect the people of Maldives from the epidemic, as well as the capacity of authorities to implement more stringent safeguards in the event of a possible outbreak.
The president and stakeholders also discussed strategies for possible local COVID-19 outbreak scenarios by referring to real-life outbreaks and internationally sanctioned preventative measures.
Stressing the importance of timely intervention and execution of precautionary measures, the president reiterated that the safety and well-being of all Maldivian citizens remains the government’s highest priority.
The special taskforce formed by the president in the wake of the international COVID-19 outbreak, has put in place several measures to prevent an outbreak or ensure immediate invention in the event of one. These include establishing precautionary border control at all ports of ingress and screening of all persons entering the country, training frontline staff across multiple agencies, establishing isolation facilities and conducting national awareness campaigns.