HPA imposes further restrictions in Male' City, curfew hours extended

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has imposed additional restrictions in Male' due to the surging number pf positive cases in the capital.

In this regard, HPA increased the duration of the current seven-hour curfew in place in Male' to 12 hours to be in effect from 04:00 pm to 04:00 am for one week. The change will come into effect on May 12.

Additional restictions include banning dine-in customers at restaurants and cafes' and allowing only delivery and takeaway services. Businesses that do not comply with the guidelines will be closed for 24 hours. Congregational prayers at mosques will also be stopped. Starting 13th May, tourist visas for tourists traveling from South Asian countries will be temporarily halted.

While the Maldives has reported 37.019 cases of COVID-19, over 1,200 cases were reported over the past 24 hours. While 13,376 cases are active, 244 people are hospitalized. 87 deaths have been recorded in the Maldives.