The Maldives government has relaxed several COVID-19 restrictions, including abolishing the Greater Male’ curfew and allowing fully vaccinated people to travel without quarantine.
Mabrook Azeez, the President’s Office’s spokesperson, revealed at a press briefing that those who have completed two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to travel to islands that are not under monitoring without being quarantined. However, he emphasised that a negative PCR test would still be required.
Mabrook stated that if the COVID-19 positivity rate in the Greater Male’ area is less than 5%, fully vaccinated people will be able to go to islands without quarantine; but, if the positivity rate is between 5% and 10%, they will be required to quarantine at the island for 7 days.
Furthermore, Mabrook announced that the curfew in the Greater Male area will be lifted as the number of daily cases in the area has drastically fallen. He did, however, urge people to follow the Health Protection Agency’s guidelines.
The Maldives faced the fourth wave of COVID-19 in April following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions during the Local Council Elections and the emergence of the Delta variant. The number of daily cases has decreased dramatically since then, with only 23 cases recorded in the Greater Male’ area yesterday.