The COVID-19 taskforce established in Kulhudhuffushi City in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, decided to extend lockdown measures on the island by a further seven days on Thursday.
HPA initially placed Kulhudhuffushi under lockdown on April 21 and extended the lockdown period until May 1. With the new week-long extension, the lockdown is scheduled to expire on May 8 at 1200 hrs.
Kulhudhuffushi City Council authorizes citizens to leave their homes for essential purposes between 0600 and 1530 hrs everyday, without prior consent of the council.
The council previously stated noted that the Health Protection Agency (HPA) had granted it the authority to impose fines between MVR 500 and 5,000 on individuals violating regulations.
According to local media Mihaaru, Kulhudhuffushi Council President Abdul Latheef Hassan revealed that two people were previously fined MVR 500 for violating the lockdown.
Maldives currently records 648 confirmed, 625 active cases of COVID-19 and a total of 20 recoveries.
The country confirmed its first local transmission on April 15. The capital city Malé has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases since then. The city is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
In addition to the capital, COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Uligan in Haa Alif Atoll, Narudhoo and Milandhoo in Shaviyani Atoll, and Thulusdhoo in Kaafu Atoll.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The new strain of novel coronavirus has infected over 3.9 million people and claimed over 270,740 lives around the world. However, out of those infected, 1.3 million people have recovered.