Maldives Police Service on Monday, began reducing the institution's overall costs in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to the police, the measures to be implemented are intended to ensure better job security for staff. Among other such actions, including an added focus to cleanliness and serving healthy food in police messrooms, the authority is halting all non-essential travel abroad and throughout the country, effective immediately.
On March 12, Maldives declared a public health emergency under Section 33 of the 7/2012 Public Health Act for a period of 30 days.
Maldives currently has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including a tourist couple on a liveaboard, two cases from Anantara Dhigu, five foreign nationals from Kuredu Island Resort as well as two foreign citizens from Sandies Bathala and Kuramathi Maldives each. No locals have tested positive for the virus as of yet.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's administration is currently observing practices to reduce costs of the government during the early periods of the recession caused by COVID-19.