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PGA Abdulla Shahid violates HPA COVID-19 guideline as he joins Komandoo constituency by-election campaign.

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The President of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid along with Defence Minister Mariya Didi and several senior members of the ruling party has violated the Health Protection Agency’s guideline on COVID-19.

PGA Abdulla Shahid arrived in the Maldives after an extended stay in New York on 7th January 2022 and was seen today departing to Sh.Komandoo for the Komandoo constituency by-election along with Defence Minister Mariya Didi and several senior members of the ruling party. Several pictures of PGA Abdulla Shahid along with other members of the delegation without a mask while in public spaces was posted by him on his official Twitter handle.

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), all individuals must wear a mask when in public. This comes at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases in the Maldives are once again surging with multiple cases of Omicron variant detected in the island nation. HPA statistics show that the number of positive cases in a single day has surpassed over 500 for the first time in the past 7 months.

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England lifts COVID-19 pandemic restriction-Omicron marks end of the pandemic.

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England has lifted its restrictions implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at a press conference at Downing Street, Health Secretary Sajid Javad stated that the England will be lifting the restrictions implemented in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic but the legal requirement to self-isolate if tested positive for the virus will continue.

While Health Secretary Sajid Javad stated that it was a major milestone, he also stated that “It’s not the end of the road and we shouldn’t see this as the finish line because we cannot eradicate this virus and its future variants. Instead we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we have to live with flu”.

This has also meant that the work-from-home guidance would be ending with the majority of the nation’s workforce reverting to pre-pandemic work schedules. Additionally, students will also be no longer required to wear masks at schools.

Moreover, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also confirmed that the Government plans to end the legal requirement for positive cases to isolate by late March, but may move the date forward.

The U.S. has also hinted that the pandemic may be heading towards an end. Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that the Omicron variant may mark the end of the pandemic.

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COVID-19: Restriction levels raised to “Red” as new cases surge.

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The Health Protection Agency (HPA) of Maldives has raised its restriction level from “Orange” to “Red” following the massive new wave of COVID-19.

According to the Health Protection Agency, the restriction status was raised due to the increasing number of new daily positive cases. The Health Ministry’s Quality Assurance Commissioner Thasleema Usmaan stated that the restriction levels were updated to raise public awareness on the raising number of COVID-19 cases.

On 16th January 2022 over 1,209 positive cases were recorded at “Orange” level and on 17th January 2022 the status was changed to “Red” with an additional 1,420 new cases. While the numbers are high, it is still considerably lower than the last time the restrictions levels were raised to “Red”. On the last occasion the levels were raised to “Red”, 2,194 new daily cases were recorded.

According to the statistics by HPA, a total of 105,001 positive cases has been recorded in the Maldives of which 6,456 are active cases. While only 32 of the active cases are receiving treatment at the COVID-19 facilities, 265 people have passed away due to the disease.

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COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000 in the Maldives.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the Maldives has surpassed 100,000 according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

This comes just 4 days after the Health Ministry revealed that the current surge in cases was due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and that they expect the new wave to affect the whole nation.

The emergence of the Omicron variant in the Maldives has meant that the number of new daily cases has once again spiked with over 816 new cases recorded yesterday. This is the highest number of new cases recorded within the past 7 months.

Among the 816 new cases, 413 were from the capital city while 249 were from other inhabited islands and 92 were from resort islands. This brings up the active COVID-19 cases in the Maldives to 5,118 of which 25 people are admitted to hospitals and receiving treatment. The Maldives has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in relation to its population. As of now over 18.4% of the population has been infected with the disease since the pandemic began.

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