COVID-19 expenditure rises to MVR 2.8 billion

Rapid Response Team (RRT)operates in the streets of Male' City to conduct coronavirus tests on May 27, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Records released by Finance Ministry show government expenditure on COVID-19 has risen to MVR 2.8 billion.

According to the weekly updates on COVID-19 expenditure, the government spent MVR 1.46 billion on health and social sector and MVR 1.49 billion on the economic response by the end of January 14.

Weekly expenditure on health and social sector registered a 3.8 percent increase, while expenditure on economic response registered a 1 percent decrease.

Health Ministry and National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) recorded MVR 32.9 million and MVR 21.2 million in expenditure. The bulk of the expenditure by Health Ministry was on supplies and requisites for service provision, and the bulk of expenditure by NSPA was on disbursing income support allowance.