Public health emergency extended until July 14

Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen has announced that the government would be extending the State of Public Health Emergency until July 14. The declaration was extended on Monday.

The Maldives declared its first-ever state of public health emergency under section 33 of the Public Health Act on March 12 for 30 days period. The declaration has been extended three times already.

The newly gazetted resolution stated the national health emergency has been extended until July 14 based on the counsel of Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru.

In response to the extension, the minister had stated that the Director-General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru warned dangers of community spread of coronavirus have not passed, and thus special measures must be maintained to ensure public safety and health.

The extensions come during the time of the lockdown easement of lockdown restrictions which was imposed across greater Male’ region on 15 April.

Despite the lockdown measures being eased the government has emphasised the general public to keep practising physical distancing, good hygiene and other precautionary measures to curb the spread of infection as much as possible.

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