COVID-19 Daily Brief: 13th May

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The first positive case of Covid-19 in Male’ City was discovered on 15 April 2020 after which Maldives government announced a strict total lockdown on Greater Male’ Region for a 24-hour duration.

However, health authorities will discover 3 cases within the time frame along with several direct contacts with the first reported case in Maldives capital which pushed the government to extend the lockdown period to another 24 hours.

Several other patients testing positive to the virus were discovered, forcing the government to extend its lockdown imposition by 14 days which has since been extended to another 14-day period effective until 14 May 2020.

While it has been 27 days since community outbreak of the virus was announced, it was confirmed during the period that the virus have reached to various parts of the country including a community outbreak at Shaviyani atoll Narudhoo.

Recently the number of positive cases confirmed within 24-hour windows have been surging while health professionals warned of various worse case scenarios with over 77,000 projected to contract the disease.

Meanwhile many of the locals in Greater Male’ Region have been found violating the lockdown regulations as the confinement period extends.

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:

12 May – Ministry of Foreign Affairs: the ministry confirmed it was collaborating with Ministry of Economic Development and Bangladesh High Commission to repatriate over 1500 Bangladesh workers back home.

12 May – Health Protection Agency: the authority confirmed 07 more Covid-19 positive cases at 21:00hrs of Tuesday evening, surging total number of cases to 904 in Maldives.

12 May – Maldives National Defense Force: the military confirmed more than 40 of its officers were among the Covid-19 contracted patients in the country.

13 May – Health Protection Agency: confirms the newborn child of a Covid-19 patient will be tested for the presence of the virus. The baby was delivered on Tuesday.

13 May – WAMCO: the company’s Managing Director confirmed all random samples taken from its employees have tested negative for Covid-19 virus.

Covid-19 Statistics:

  • As of 17:00hrs of 13 May, Wednesday no new cases were reported from health authorities making it the first 24-hour window without any new cases.
  • However, as of 22:00hrs of the same day HPA confirmed 51 new cases – which will be added to the next 24-hour window.

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.

Economic News – Highlights

Local

  • Maldive Gas: the gas distributor utility company announced it has shifted to a 100% cashless payment method.
  • Maafaru International Airport: the Ministry of Finance announced seeking interested contractors to expand the airport on turnkey basis.

International

  • TUI: announces reopening selected hotels in Germany “in the coming days” while warning up to 8,000 jobs will go as it attempts to cut costs by 30%.
  • India: the country announces a 20 trillion rupee (USD264 billion) economic ‘rescue’ package to help it cope the prolonged coronavirus lockdown.
  • Twitter: popular micro-blogging platform told its staff they can work from home “forever” if they wish.

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.

Updates from Press Conference

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

  • Maldives National Defense Force: the Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdullah Shamaal on Tuesday claimed military officers mostly likely to contract the Covid-19 virus during the expected surge in the next two weeks.
  • Health Protection Agency: the agency’s medical official Dr. Ibrahim Afzal confirms commencement of active surveillance on the elderly population of the country.

 

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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