The Maldives again extended the state of public health emergency first declared in the Maldives on March 12, 2020 following the confirmation of coronavirus cases.

A press release signed by Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem indicates that the authorities have decided to extend the state of health emergency, first announced on March 12, 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in accordance with powers conferred on them by the Public Health Protection Act (No. 7/12), and in accordance with the recommendations of the Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru.

The document further stated that the risk of a widespread escalation of the pandemic in the Maldives remains and that the ministry advised citizens to strictly adhere to the health guidelines and regulations in place to help limit the spread of Covid-19 in the country. .

The Minister of Health stressed the importance for citizens to understand the current pandemic situation in the Maldives and warned the public to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures put in place across the country under the Protection Act. of public health.

Thus, the state of health emergency has been extended until January 29, 2022.

The last extension expired on Thursday.

This is the 22nd time that the state of health emergency has been extended.

The Maldives faced a fourth, more infectious wave of the pandemic in early May, just after the government revised numerous health guidelines and regulations in April to make everyday life easier for citizens and businesses once the number of cases started to decrease.

The fourth wave saw daily infections reach alarming levels, at 1,000, prompting authorities to impose tougher measures such as a vehicle ban in the capital region. The measures were dissolved in early July in time for the long government vacation and the number of cases has declined in recent weeks. However, cases have multiplied in the outlying atolls.

The nationwide vaccination campaign launched in February has also gone smoothly, with health authorities recently rolling out booster doses for people with compromised immune systems and those at high risk of complications.