Public health emergency in Maldives extended by a month

Health Minister Abdulla Ameen. (Photo/Health Ministry)

The declared public health emergency in the Maldives in light of COVID-19 has been extended by a month.

The Maldives initially declared its public health emergency on March 12, four days after the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case on March 7. The public health emergency in the country is now set to expire on September 6.

The health emergency was last extended on July 14 and was set to expire tonight.

A statement issued by the Health Minister tonight read that there was still a chance that COVID-19 could spread in the nation. Director-General of Public Health had also advised extending the public health emergency, according to the statement.