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Covid cases spike, HPA urges to halt public gatherings

Lamya Abdulla
22 June 2022, MVT 12:49
(FILE) People waiting in Social Center, Male', to get Covid tested on January 24, 2022: HPA has said Covid cases have increased by 180 percent in the second and third week of June -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa/ Mihaaru
Lamya Abdulla
22 June 2022, MVT 12:49

Health Protection Agency (HPA) urges to halt mass gatherings and social activities, citing a rise in Covid-19 cases both in Maldives and abroad.

In a press release published on Tuesday evening, they called to hold mandatory events with as few people in physical attendance, or to opt to hold it online.

HPA said Covid cases have increased by 180 percent in the second and third week of June. The amount of people requiring hospitalised treatment is also increasing while three Covid patients had passed away this month.

As the number of domestic and international travel is expected to increase in the next two months as the academic year ends, HPA has stated what precautionary measures must be taken.

These include identifying the Covid-19 situation in the island or country before traveling, and delaying flights other than those required if they travel with high-risk individuals.

HPA also urges all travellers to be aware of the vaccination and testing requirements set by other countries. They have requested travellers to request to re-issue vaccination cards prior to travel if it has been lost. Additionally, they have encouraged Maldivians to purchase travel insurance before travelling abroad as well.

Even though they have not revived the mask mandate, they advice everyone to wear masks in public and states that masks are mandatory in healthcare facilities.

A total of 405 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in from June 12-18. This is a large number compared to the previous week, when only 142 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in week prior to that.

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