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Health Ministry extends state of public health emergency

05 April 2021, MVT 19:23
Heath worker from IGMH donning protective gear. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
05 April 2021, MVT 19:23

The Ministry of Health, on Sunday, announced the extension of the State of Public Health Emergency declared in Maldives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until May 4.

Health Minister Ahmed Naseem stated that this extension was based on the advice given by the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru, who highlighted that there still remains a severe threat of a national outbreak. Hence, Maldives need to take preventive measures.

Maldives declared its first-ever state of public health emergency on March 12, under Section 33 of the 7/2012 Public Health Act, over the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of 30 days.

It has been extended multiple times since then.

The country recently recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases, which has been increasing throughout the year, with several clusters found in capital Male’ as well as some southern islands and operational resorts.

Currently, the island nation records a total of 24,783 virus cases of which 3,061 are active cases, in addition to 21,646 recoveries and 67 deaths.