HPA extends restrictions by another week

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has extended the restrictions imposed in Greater Male’ Area after a steep incline in number of COVID-19 cases.

The Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakur strengthened restrictive measures in capital Male’ earlier on February 4th after the number of COVID-19 cases in Male’ started increasing rapidly. In a directive issued on Wednesday, she announced that the measures will remain in place for another week.

The measures taken by HPA include a vehicle ban between 1800hrs to 0430hrs, and a curfew from 2200hrs to 0430hrs. While HPA has also instructed all parks and public squares to be closed temporarily except to those exercising individually and the elderly, all team sports have also been suspended. Additionally, those traveling to the islands for mandatory purposes for short periods are required to have a negative PCR test confirming that they do not have the virus.

Parties and other events are also banned, and those arriving in the Maldives from abroad, with the exception of tourists, are required to complete a 10-day quarantine.