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President Solih urges dissemination of accurate info on COVID-19 to curb panic

Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 March 2020, MVT 09:06
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih meets the Cabinet ministers to discuss the situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in Maldives, on March 10, 2020. PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Fathmath Shaahunaz
11 March 2020, MVT 09:06

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday called on all authorities and institutions to work jointly on disseminating accurate information about the COVID-19 in order to prevent public panic.

He made the statement during extensive discussions held with the Cabinet of Ministers at the President's Office regarding the status of the coronavirus outbreak in Maldives.

According to the Office, the president inquired after the latest measures taken by the government, stressing urgency after six tested positive for the coronavirus in Maldives.

He declared that the administration would closely monitor the situation and take every measure to contain the virus from spreading further.

The Cabinet members also touched upon the importance of state institutions taking necessary steps against COVID-19 and minimising expenditures.

Six foreign individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maldives so far, with four from Kuredu Island Resort and Spa, and two from Sandies Bathala Resort. Authorities are also identifying people that the patients came into contact with via contact tracing, and have placed a number of individuals in quarantine.

Maldives announced an 'Emergency Yellow Alert' in the wake of the initial discovery.

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