Pres extends closure of govt offices until end of April

The Maldives government has extended the closure of government offices until the end of April.

The President's Office Friday announced that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has made the decision to extend the closure of government offices until April 30 in line with the lockdown measures imposed in Male' city by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) following the detection of local transmission of COVID-19 in the capital.

Although government offices will remain closed, all essential services necessary for the public will continue to be provided under special arrangements if needed, said the President's Office. They include health facility and pharmacy services, water, electricity and sewerage services, broadcasting services, telecommunication services, banking services, fuel and gas supply, police and military services, customs, immigration and aviation command services, fire and rescue services, foreign service, etc.

29 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Maldives thus far, out of which 9 cases are local transmissions detected in capital Male'. The number of cases will reach its peak in 14 days, authorities have warned.