WORLD Maldives extends state of health emergency to Dec. 5 over COVID-19

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Maldives extends state of health emergency to Dec. 5 over COVID-19

Xinhua

17:30, November 06, 2020

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MALE, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Maldives has extended the State of Public Health Emergency until Dec. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported on Friday.

State-owned PSM News, citing a circular signed by Health Minister Ahmed Naseem, reported that the state of health emergency initially declared on March 12 will be extended until Dec. 5 due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19.

According to local laws, the State of Public Health Emergency grants the Director General of Health special powers to isolate and quarantine individuals.

A total of 71 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country on Thursday, raising the total case count to 11,893, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

According to the HPA, 11,010 patients have fully recovered from COVID-19 while 38 have died so far.

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