COVID-19 Update for 26th April

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives have reached 191, with no fatalities reported so far.

Here are the latest updates on COVID-19.

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Virus Timeline in the Country

A total of 50 cases has been reported, which includes 41 foreigners and 9 Locals. Health Minister Ameen has hinted that the ongoing lockdown in the Greater Male’ area could be extended once again.

170 individuals, tested negative twice for COVID-19, have been released from quarantine after 14 days.

Multiple residential islands have been placed under monitoring in connection to Amaazu boat case.

Sh. Narudhoo, Sh. Funadhoo, Sh, Feevah, Sh. Maaugoodhoo, and N. Holhudhoo have been placed under monitoring by HPA due to connections with Amaazu Boat case.

Significant rise in the price of Kandhoodhoo chili

Due to lockdown, the supply of Kandhoodhoo chili has fallen, hence prices have risen significantly. In Male’ the prices of the Kandhodhoo chili are between MVR 2300 to MVR 2500 per kilo. However, Kandhoodhoo island has been selling chili for MVR 700 to MVR 800 per kilo.

MP Ahmed Saleem calls for a reduction in the salary of those in political positions.

Monetary Leader of Parliament MP Ahmed Saleem has called to reduce the salary of those in political positions up to MVR 20,000. MP Saleem has called for this to reduce government expenditure during the pandemic.

Sri Lanka has re-imposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after the surge in numbers.

Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew over the weekend after a surge in the number of confirmed virus cases, most of them navy sailors who were hunting those evading quarantine.

Algeria has eased lockdown restrictions by allowing several businesses to reopen.

Algeria has taken further steps to ease restrictions over the novel coronavirus by allowing several businesses to reopen to reduce the economic and social impact of the health crisis caused by the pandemic.

Facebook has introduced a “Messenger Room” feature that allows video-calls for over 50 people.

Facebook is adding 50-person video chatrooms to its social network in a significant update that seeks to counter the surprise rise of video-chat service Zoom and to help its users interact amid lockdown.

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