Non-Essential Travel Between Residential Islands In Maldives Banned To Minimize Spread Of COVID-19

Maldives is currently experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases – both in the capital and in residential islands outside the capital. On Sunday, the country recorded its highest single-day spike – counting up to 508 new cases; 276 cases from the Male’ Region, 185 cases from residential islands, 12 cases from operational resorts, 3 cases from liveaboards, and 32 cases from industrial islands. With the new developments, Maldives now has 5,594 active cases – out of which 172 patients are being cared for at hospitals. A total of 74 patients have passed away due to complications as of Sunday.  

To curb the spread of the virus, authorities are once again heightening safety measures. Accordingly, Health Protection Agency (HPA), has ordered a ban on non-essential intra-travel between residential islands. The order signed by Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakr bans travel between residential islands except for Male’, Hulhumale’, Vilimale’, Thilfushi and Gulhifalhu – unless it being for an essential purpose or to access health care. Local Councils are also instructed to accommodate travel to supply food and other necessities to people.   

The order takes effect for the one-week period starting Tuesday, May 4. 

People from the Male’ Region will still be able to travel to other islands – however must adhere to existing travel guidelines.  
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