President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has extended the previously announced closure of government offices in the Greater Male’ Area from May 25 to June 8.
All government offices in the Greater Malé Region, which includes Malé, Hulhumalé, Villingili, Thilafushi, and Gulhifalhu, will remain closed as a precautionary measure to combat the spread of COVID-19 during the aforementioned period.
Employees are required to work from home, and all essential services will be delivered without interruption by having only the bare minimum of employees visit their respective workplaces, while other services will be provided online. All exemptions must be authorized by a Minister or the head of an office or organization.
In his directive, President Solih stressed the importance of adhering to the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) guidelines in order to control the spread of COVID-19.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Maldives has reported 142 COVID-19-related deaths. Yesterday alone, 13 people died, a record number of fatalities in a single day.
Doctors have cautioned that COVID-19 is out of control in the country, and they have repeatedly emphasized the risk of medical facilities being overburdened to the point where they must select which patients to treat based on who is sicker.