Access to Sinamale’ Bridge restricted from 1 am to 9 am

Sinamale' Bridge on April 2, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldives Police Service, on Thursday, announced the decision to restrict access to the Sinamale’ Bridge.

The police announced it was part of a wider effort to control a possible surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital.

According to the police, the new control measures on the Sinamale’ Bridge will be in effect for two weeks, starting 1 am on Friday.

During the two-week period, the bridge will be closed to the public from 1 am to 9 am.

Only essential public service providers and security services will be allowed access to the bridge during the eight hours.

COVID-19 cases in Maldives have risen to 968. 40 have recovered, and four have died from complications.

Health authorities have warned they expect a significant surge in virus cases by the end of May, and have advised the public to take all necessary precautions.