COVID-19: Govt to subsidize part of utility bills for two months

The government of Maldives will be subsidizing part of water and electricity bills as part of efforts undertaken to mitigate losses caused to the public due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The decision was announced at a press conference held Thursday to unveil the government's new economic package to aid the country's current situation.

Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said the government will subsidize 40% of electricity bills and 30% of water bills for the upcoming months of April and May.

During the press conference presented by the Finance Minister, Economic MInister Fayyaz Ismail and Governor Ali Hashim, the government announced a MVR 2.5 billion economic package and disseminated information on the package.

13 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Maldives thus far.