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Maldives raises alert to Yellow Level after first COVID-19 cases

Mariyam Malsa
08 March 2020, MVT 16:23
The extraordinary session of the cabinet convened regarding the first COVID-19 case confirmations in Maldives. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Mariyam Malsa
08 March 2020, MVT 16:23

The government, on Saturday, raised Maldives' alert status to Yellow Level following two positive cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Yellow Level II involves screening people exiting islands, increased surveillance, isolating close contacts in addition to the quarantine of individuals tested positive, home isolation, public awareness and providing psycho-social support to individuals and families.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih discussed new safety measures to contain the spread of the disease during a meeting with national stakeholders. The meeting, held at Presidential Palace Mulee’aage, was attended by ministers, senior officials of the President’s Office, government institutions and the health sector.

The president urged all stakeholders to remain vigilant in ensuring public safety and called on authorities to maintain a high level of engagement in keeping the public informed of all developments related to COVID-19.

He also stressed the state's role in conveying accurate and timely information during the extraordinary session of the cabinet convened at Mulee'aage earlier the same night.

During the cabinet meeting, President Solih called on ministers to implement preventive measures in a timely manner and urged them to ensure that directives provided through official channels are followed.

Ministers particularly stressed the importance of immediate measures such as restricting large public gatherings and guaranteeing uninterrupted delivery of basic supplies to all regions of the country.

The cabinet also deliberated on special measures to overcome any economic repercussions resulting from COVID-19, including efforts to reduce government expenses.