Public Health DG orders closure of private offices

The Director General of Public Health has ordered the closure of all private offices in the Greater Male' Area.

A directive issued by the Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru on Thursday said all government and private offices are instructed to close their premises and offer services online in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not be asked to attend workplaces unless absolutely necessary.

The COVID-19 situation in the Maldives has been deteriorating over the past few weeks, with the archipelago reporting a record single-day rise in infections on Wednesday. While 734 cases were reported on Wednesday, 703 cases were registered on Thursday. A record number of deaths were also registered over the past 24 hours.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) Wednesday imposed a curfew in the Greater Male' Area from 9 pm until 4 am. The public is not allowed to be out and about at this time. However, the police will continue to issue permits for delivery services and other essential needs.

Some other measures taken by authorities include the closure of parks, open spaces, sports grounds, running and swimming tracks. Sports activities and competitions have been stopped, and travel to inhabited and industrial islands have been restricted for purposes other than essential needs. People traveling from Male' to inhabited islands are now required to observe quarantine for ten days despite having received full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.