The 12-hour curfew imposed on southernmost Addu City, Fuvahmulah City and L. Gan will remain in effect until May 26, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced.
A directive signed and issued by the Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru said the curfew imposed on Addu, Fuvahmulah and Gan from 04:00 pm to 04:00 am will continue to be in effect until May 26. A vehicle ban will remain in place and the public will not be allowed to be out and about during this duration.
According to HPA, weddings and other events will remain banned and travel from one district to the other will also remain prohibited. Visiting other households is also banned. Groups of more than three people are not allowed to meet in public spaces, and salons, gyms and hairdressers are to remain closed. Sports and exercise activities are also banned. Physical classes will not be held for students enrolled in schools, colleges and universities, and cafes and restaurant are allowed to only provide takeaway or delivery services.
Similar measures are also in effect in the Greater Male' Region.
The Maldives has recorded 48,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in the first quarter of 2020. The archipelago hit a record one-day COVID-19 toll of 7 on Wednesday as the archipelago struggles amid a raging wave of infections. The country's toll is currently at 112.