State of Public Health Emergency extended for 19th time

Minister of Health, Ahmed Naseem has extended the duration of the State of Public Health Emergency declared in the Maldives. This is the 19th extension of the State of Public Health Emergency since it was first declared on March 12, 2020.

The emergency state was first invoked by former Health Minister Abdulla Ameen on March 12 last year for a period of 30 days by the discretionary powers vested in the minister by Section 33 of the 7/2012 Public Health Act. The measure was taken after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the current COVID-19 outbreak as a global 'pandemic'.

Since then, the state of public health emergency has been extended several times. The Health Ministry on Thursday announced that the public health emergency state will be maintained until November as COVID-19 still remains a threat to the Maldives. Any special measures that the situation calls for will be taken accordingly by the Director General of Public Health.

Maldives has recorded 84,809 confirmed cases of COVID-19 thus far, and 231 COVID-19 deaths. The country's COVID-19 situation has improved significantly over the past couple of months.