COVID-19: Study reveals several people, businesses severely affected

A study has revealed that 1 out of every ten people has lost income-generating sources due to the lockdown imposed on the capital Male’ in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted by the Health Protection of Agency (HPA) and Maldives National University (MNU) collaboratively, and its results were announced on Friday.

According to the study, 44% of the respondents lost their income-generating means owing to the lockdown. 37% of respondents said they worked from home, and 11% said they worked at the office during the lockdown.

Five out of every ten persons who participated in the study said their employment was affected. However, it also revealed that five out of every ten people’s job remained intact while three out every ten people’s salary were reduced.

The study also revealed businesses incurred huge losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In that regard, 5 out of every ten business ventures have suffered a huge loss. It further revealed that four out of every ten business ventures have lost all income-generating mechanisms.

The study further disclosed that 65% of people have been greatly affected by COVID-19 pandemic and due to the precautionary measures in general.