Maldives Police Service (MPS) and Criminal Court on Monday evening, announced that remand hearings will be conducted via video conference calls between the institutions.
According to MPS, the decision to conduct conference hearings, which will come into effect starting Tuesday, was taken as a precautionary measure in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Lawyers may join the hearing either from the Criminal Court or from Dhoonidhoo Prison, Police revealed.
Maldives has 13 confirmed and eight active cases of COVID-19. The country recorded its first two recoveries on March 20, the third on March 21, and two more on March 23. The recovered patients are three Italians, one South African and one Turk.
No Maldivians have tested positive for the virus as of yet. So far, only tourists and resort employees have confirmed infections with no local transmissions.
The World Health Organization has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 381,400 and claimed over 16,500 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, more than 102,400 have recovered.