COVID-19 Daily Brief: 17th May

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:

16 May – Out of the random samples collected from the elderly citizens, one was tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

17 May – Maldives government repatriated 353 Bangladesh nationals back to their home.

17 May – Minister of Finance reveal USD290 million in foreign aid and loans amid Covid-19 accelerated economic duress.

17 May – A newborn of a Covid-19 positive patient tested negative for the virus.

17 May – Health Protection Agency has initiated a mobile medical operation for migrants living in quarters under police surveillance.

Covid-19 Statistics:

  • Total cases reported in Maldives is now at 1090 (+0.5%) and active cases at 1027 (+0.5%)
  • Total recoveries have increased to 59 (+4.75%) while 11 remain hospitalized

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


  • Ooredoo: the Ooredoo Group and Ooredoo Maldives collectively has donated MVR2.5 million to Maldives government to assist in its efforts against Covid-19.
  • State Trading Organization: the largest state-owned enterprise confirmed its net profit for the first quarter of 2020 was at MVR114 million.
  • Bank of Maldives: the national bank of Maldives announced new days of openings for essential services amid ongoing lockdown.

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:

  • National Emergency Operations Center: spokesperson Mohamed Mabrook Azeez confirmed of 10 more recoveries bringing total recoveries from Maldives to 59.
  • Health Protection Agency: the HPA’s epidemiologist Dr. Ibrahim Afzal revealed more than 200 frontline workers have been affected by Covid-19 virus.


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.