COVID-19 Daily Brief: 17th June

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Maldives government have announced the total lockdown exercised across Greater Male’ Region will be officially lifted on Monday, 15 June 2020.

With this, all previous restrictions on the public in going out will no longer remain effective while several businesses are gearing up to open under the ‘New Normal.’

Though the lockdown is lifted for the region, domestic travels from Male’ to outside of the region have been restricted as the outbreak have not been fully quashed.

However, with the recent recovery cases surpassing that of active cases, the island nation is possibly looking towards a silver lining.

The Covid-19 virus still remain without a reported cure, and it is still not fully countered.

As the Greater Male’ Region expect a lockdown lift on coming Monday, the possibilities over a second-wave of the virus becomes more and more harrowing.

Covid-19 Case Updates

The figures reflected on the illustration is the latest development in Maldives as per Health Protection Agency and Ministry of Health’s updates.

Covid-19 From The News:

16 June – Health authorities confirm 29 new positive cases of Covid-19 and 130 additional recoveries.

16 June – Authorities confirm a staff of Public Service Media (PSM) tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

17 June – Maldives Parliament’s premises under monitoring after staff tested positive for the virus.

17 June – Health Protection Agency confirm an additional 26 new cases of Covid-19.

Covid-19 Statistics:

Case Statistics:

  • Total Cases: 2120
  • Active Cases: 433
  • Recoveries: 1677 (79.10%)
  • Total Deaths: 8 (0.38%)
  • Total in Quarantine: 356
  • Total in Isolation: 453


  • Bangladesh: 1118 (52.74%)
  • Maldives: 730 (34.43%)
  • India: 197 (9.29%)
  • Nepal: 41 (1.93%)
  • Italy: 12 (0.57%)
  • Sri Lanka: 11 (0.52%)
  • Pakistan: 3 (0.14%)
  • Other: 6 (0.38%)

State Decisions

29 April – The total lockdown period in Greater Male’ Region have been extended by another 14 days. The new lockdown deadline will last until 14 May 2020.

30 AprilMaldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday confirmed extending state closure period once again, effective until 14 May 2020.

30 AprilMinister of Health announced extending the State of Public Health Emergency once again; stretching the duration until 30 May 2020.

30 April Minister of Islamic Affairs have once again extended ban on congregational prayers until 14 May amid escalating COVID-19 crisis in Maldives.

14 May – Health Protection Agency announced the total lockdown period in Greater Male’ Region have been extended by another 14-days. The lockdown will now remain effective until 28 May 2020.

14 May – Ministry of Islamic Affairs: the ban on congregational prayers across the country have once again been extended until 28 May.

14 May – Maldives Police Service: authorities confirmed the Sinamale’ Bridge will be closed from transportation between 01:00hrs and 09:00hrs everyday effective from Thursday.

16 May – Maldives Government: President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih confirmed renewing state closure period effective between 17 May until 28 May.

Economic News – Highlights


  • Maldives Government: according to Minister of Finance the state will receive MVR19 billion in revenue and grants in the coming year of 2021
  • MATATO: the association requested for a deferment on pension and airport counter fees levied for local SMEs.
  • Ministry of Finance: according to Minister Ameer, the Maldives economy must recover first before government can implement minimum wage policy.
  • Maldives Government: the Ministry of Finance have allowed businesses to settle TGST in local currency.

Weekly Covid-19 Spending Report

Data reflected on the weekly Covid-19 spending report are acquired after assimilating previous week’s spending by state bodies in efforts to counter the pandemic.

As of:

30 April: total spending was recorded at MVR665.4 million. The spending committed by Ministry of Health and NDMA contributed to 91.2% of all spending.

07 May: total spending towards Covid-19 related efforts stood at MVR814.2 million, marking a 22.4% increase compared to previous week. Both Ministry of Health and NDMA continue to contribute towards majority (91.5%) of all spending.

14 May – the total spending towards Covid-19 related efforts increased by 7.3% from the previous week. The total state spending towards curbing the pandemic spread in Maldives have reached MVR873.3 million.

21 May – total spending towards Covid-19 related efforts decreased 0.7% from previous week. Total spending towards the efforts against the pandemic was at MVR866.9 million.

28 May – government’s total spending towards Covid-19 related efforts increased by 2.9% and reached MVR892.3 million.

04 June – government’s weekly Covid-19 spending on health efforts reached MVR923.2 million, marking a 3.5% increase from previous week.

Updates from Press Conference

The following updates are extracted from the latest press conferences – held within the last 24-hours:

*No updates


Editor’s Note: The data represented in the format of news, article or bulletin in this report are collected verified and official sources countering the viral pandemic, as well as news releases, media updates and critical data from government institutions. Follow this space for more developments; updated in every 24 hours.

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