President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih pleaded with the public to follow the instructions of the health professionals as the populous capital of Male’ city confirmed the first case of Covid-19.
Visibly emotional, President Solih addressed the nation today and requested the public to assist each other during this difficult time. He also requested the public to cooperate with the authorities.
The president stated that the positive case had not traveled abroad and had not been in contact with a positive case. The authorities have so far identified 11 people who had been in contact with the individual. said the president.
The president also reassured that the country has enough food supplies for the situation and requested the public to remain patient.
Since one of the people in contact with the positive case had traveled to the island of Kaashidhoo, the island was in lockdown until contact tracing was completed, said the president.
President Solih stated that the government was fully prepared for such a situation since the first week of January.
Director General of Public Health, Maimoona Aboobakuru, had issued an order for a 24-hour lockdown on Male’ City, following the confirmation of the first case of Covid-19 in the capital. Movement of people to and from the capital has also been restricted.