COVID-19: Lockdown to remain in place until June 15

The Maldives government on Thursday extended the lockdown imposed on the Greater Male' area until June 15.

Capital Male' was placed on lockdown on April 15 after the first local transmission case of COVID-19 was identified in the city.

A directive issued by the Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru said the lockdown period will be extended until June 15, in line with the eases granted on some of the restrictive measures taken in the Male' region in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of May.

Movement will remain restricted until June 15, with public transport services between Male', Hulhumale and Villimale' suspended. Entry and exit from Male', Hulhumale, Villimale and Gulhifalhu will not be permitted until the end of the period.

The Maldives has recorded 1976 positive cases of COVID-19, and eight fatalities until now.