Cabinet deliberates response to rising COVID-19 cases

A capture from a cabinet meeting held on January 11, 2021. (Photo/President's Office)

The cabinet, on Tuesday, deliberated on its response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country at the President’s Office.

During this meeting, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and cabinet minister discussed measures to reinforce combatting the spread of the coronavirus, increase testing capacity, and ease vaccination procedures ahead of launching a vaccine booster drive.

Maldives has now detected 27 cases of Omicron; 19 tourists and eight locals.              

Half of the local cases of Omicron are from the greater Male’ region. One of the cases in Male’ is linked to K. Maafushi – which has confirmed three cases. The remaining case is from Dh. Kudahuvadhoo. 

Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that health authorities expect cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant to increase across Maldives in the coming days, and peak at the end of January or beginning of February.