PO instructs police to enforce mask rule

The President's Office has instructed Maldives Police Service to enforce mask-wearing in all Maldives islands.

In a letter addressed to Maldives Police Service and copied to the Home Ministry and Health Ministry, the President's Office instructed the police to ensure that all residents wear masks in all islands as per the guidelines mandated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The letter also requested the Police Service to make arrangements such that police officers and their families can get the COVID-19 booster dose from the police Noosandha Clinic and testing facilities at the police laboratory.

The Maldives' COVID-19 numbers remained constant over the past months and recently saw a hike in positive cases. However, daily numbers are now above 200. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih this Tuesday warned that the country's COVID-19 situation is expected to worsen over the next three weeks.

The Maldives' numbers are rising after the new variant of the COVID-19 virus, Omicron, was identified in the Maldives in early December. HPA has instructed not to hold events where large crowds gather together in the Greater Male' Region.