COVID-19 Daily Brief: 19th 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:

19 May – Health authorities confirm total recoveries from Covid-19 in Maldives have risen to 80 cases.

19 May – Health Protection Agency confirm 37 individuals testing positive for the virus on Tuesday.

Covid-19 Statistics:

  • Total cases reported in Maldives have increased to 1143 (+4.2%) and active cases reach 1057 (+1.9%)
  • Recoveries surge to 80 (+7.0%) while 13 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


  • Ministry of Tourism: ‘Safe Tourism Guideline‘ proposing new fees levied on tourists and tourist properties presented for stakeholder discourse.


  • EasyJet: the airline has admitted that a “highly sophisticated cyber-attack” has affected approximately nine million of its customers.
  • Uber: the ride-hailing giant announced drastic action plan to scale back its businesses as losses balloon amid pandemic lockdown.
  • Thai Airways: the loss-making airline has been allowed to restructure its debts to keep its planes in the sky, as Thai state comes to rescue.

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.

Updates from Press Conference

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

  • Health Protection Agency: the agency’s Dr. Ibrahim Afzal confirmed only one patient among the 11 hospitalized remain under critical care at Dharumavantha Hospital.
  • National Emergency Operations Center: spokesperson Mabrook Azeez confirmed a special medical card will be issued to currently undocumented expatriates.
  • Health Protection Agency: the agency’s epidemiologist Dr. Afzal claimed number of Indians getting infected with the virus in Maldives have been rising.
  • National Emergency Operations Center: the Covid-19 task force’s front authority claims contingency plan in motion to mitigate rise of infection among frontline workers.


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.