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COVID-19: Parliament moves to host virtual sittings

Ahmed Aiham
24 March 2020, MVT 16:35
Inside the chambers of the People's Parliament. PHOTO: PARLIAMENT
Ahmed Aiham
24 March 2020, MVT 16:35

Parliament on Tuesday, decided to transition towards holding online parliamentary sittings online, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual sittings are scheduled to commence the starting week following discussions with parliamentary group leaders and committee chairs.

Maldives announced a state of public health emergency on March 12, under which the government temporarily closed down all government offices and educational institutions, urging the public to practice good hygiene, social distancing and stay home unless absolutely necessary.

The parliament is yet to deliberate on the proposed postponing of Local Council Elections (LCE), which are presently slated for April 14.

Institutions and businesses around the country and around the world, are moving to work in the digital space whenever and wherever possible, to 'flatten the curve' or reduce risk of infection and spread by 'social distancing' or decreasing contact and exposure.

Maldives now 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. No Maldivians have tested positive for the virus as of yet.

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.