COVID-19 Daily Brief: 29th April

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The Maldives Minister of Health declared a State of Public Health Emergency, approved with accordance to the Director General of Public Health for a period of 30 days on 12 March 2020.

The period was extended till 30 April 2020 and the emergency was declared by the powers vested to Minister of Health under Section 33 of Public Health Act (Law Number 7/2012).

The decision for a public health emergency came due to the discovery of the first positive case of COVID-19 virus in Maldives; first discovered from a tourist property – Kuredu Island Resort.

Although the positive cases remain comparatively low and appeared relatively slow; situation in the island nation intensified with the discovery of the first case from Male’ City on 15 April 2020.

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 Case Figures:

The figures are subject to change before 00:00hrs of 29 April, however any changes to the data will be reflected in the next daily brief update; on 30 April.

State Decisions

The total lockdown period exercised at Greater Male’ Region have been extended by another 14 days. The decision was made by Director General of Public Health Maimoona Aboobakuru and will become effective on 30 April – the initial lockdown deadline.

With the new extension, the new lockdown deadline according to Health Protection Agency will be 14 May 2020.

Economic News – Highlights

Local

  • State Trading Organization (STO): 29 April – Charters Maldivian Airline flight, flying from China with essential medical equipment including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to combat COVID-19 spread.
  • Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA): 29 April – The taxation authority confirm deferment of taxation overdue during the lockdown period in Greater Male’ Region until next official opening day for general services.
  • Agro National Corporation Limited (AgroNat): 29 April – Begins purchase of agricultural produce directly from local farmers to market and develop supply chain.
  • Bank of Maldives (BML): 29 April – CEO Tim Sawyer and CRO Gary Laughton of the Maldives national bank join the teams delivering cash to islands.

International

  • Barclays: 29 April (2 hours ago) – The firm said it was “setting money aside to cover its ‘initial estimates’ of the impact of the virus. Says the coronavirus pandemic could cost is some 2.1 billion Sterling Pounds mainly over customers unable to pay loans.
  • British Airways: 28 April (15 hours ago) – The airline is set to cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 42,000 strong workforce “due to a collapse in business” because of the COVID-19 pandemic denting global aviation industry.
  • BP: 28 April – The first quarter profit of international oil giant BP dived by two thirds after the global COVID-19 pandemic hit demand for oil. The oil giant says “that underlying replacement cost profit, its definition of net income, was $800m in the first three months of 2020 – down from $2.4bn a year earlier.”
  • China: 28 April – A game featured on Steam (an online game discussion, download and deploy platform) – has been banned from China because of its politically motivated content with the coronavirus (COVID-19) being the game’s central theme.

Updates from Press Conference

The details are from the press conference held on the evening of 28 April at the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC).

Please Note: NO PRESS CONFERENCES HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 29 APRIL AFTERNOON

  • National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) – Three islands have been lifted from monitoring status. The islands are Noonu atoll Velidhoo, Kaafu atoll Maafushi and Baa atoll Fulhadhoo.
  • Health Protection Agency (HPA) – Dr Ibrahim Afzal confirmed transmission of COVID-19 virus in Shaviyani atoll Narudhoo classified as community spread.
  • Gulf Expo – Two positive cases to the viral contagion have connections with the Gulf Expo held earlier at Dubai, UAE as confirmed by HPA official Dr Ibrahim Afzal.
  • Maldives Police Service: NEOC spokesperson Mohamed Mabrook Azeez confirmed 130 officers of local law enforcement placed under quarantine to bolster safety measures.

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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