President: This is not the time to decide that the situation with the virus is over

Health professionals engage in a COVID-19 preparedness drill in Maldives. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said that the country should not expect the situation with Covid-19 to be over, due to the recovery of eight individuals who tested positive for the virus in the country.

President Solih today announced that a further three of the Covid-19 patients in the country had made a full recovery, bringing the total figure of those recovered to eight.

“However, this is not the time to think that the virus will not be spreading in the Maldives,” said the President who added that the virus was spreading all over the world and that the country should not expect to be finished with the virus if it was not contained all over the world.

The president commended the government efforts taken in containing the virus and said that the focus would be on closing all possible doors of how the virus might spread in the country.

The President announced that the government would be closed for an additional week, meaning colleges, schools, and universities in the country will also remain closed.

On-arrival visa will also be halted by the government starting from March 27. The president noted the impact such measures to prevent the virus was having on the economy and stated that the government was focused on minimizing this and the damage to the public from this.