The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced changes to the opening hours of specimen collection centers in the Greater Male region.

HPA said that starting Thursday, sample collection would be between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday through Thursday. Collection centers will be closed on Fridays.

There are a total of sample collection centers operating in the Greater Male region. They are; one center near the Sinamale bridge parking area, one in the ruhgandu area of ​​Hulhumale and one in the Villimale flu clinic.

With the decline in reported covid-19 cases in the Maldives, the public health emergency declared in the Maldives has been revoked, with the Health Protection Agency announcing relaxations for announced covid-19 safety measures to curb the spread of the virus across the island nation.

As such, the state of health emergency that was announced across the Maldives on March 12, 2020 was revoked by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on March 13. HPA has dissolved the face mask mandate that has been put into effect across the country along with relaxations in other such restrictions.

Thanks to the new facilities, incoming travelers can now enter the Maldives without presenting a negative PCR certification. They are no longer required to present the results of the PCR test, even if they have not completed the vaccination against Covid-19.

HPA also revoked the mandatory quarantine period for incoming travelers, even if they have not received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

HPA states that these changes have been made after a thorough analysis of the Covid-19 situation in the Maldives. They pointed out that the Covid-19 situation in most islands and regions is improving and hospitalization and death rates have been kept lower.

HPA revealed that a majority of the population have completed a primary vaccination as the administration of booster doses continues to increase.

HPA assured that even if the public health emergency has been revoked, the response to Covid-19 will continue in accordance with the “Covid-19 strategy”.