Maldives government's total spending towards Covid-19 related efforts as of 31 August 2020 stood at MVR2,143.2 million (MVR2.1 billion).
According to Ministry of Finance, in their latest publication of the Weekly Covid-19 Spending Report the total spending towards health and social efforts in light of the global pandemic as reached MVR1,178.9 million (MVR1.2 billion) till date.
Moreover, the spending for the last review week saw an increase of 2.7 percent from the previous week while based on week-on-week spending, NDMA showed a significantly higher expenditure in comparison with its peers.
NDMA's relatively high spending was made towards the travel expenses to Covid-19 efforts, which had reached MVR29.3 million.
Similarly, the Ministry of Health's expenditure had shown significance as its expenditure was comparatively higher than other agencies. The ministry's spending was mainly made towards payment of rents and catering.
As of 31 August 2020, 91.5 percent of all Covid-19 spending was made towards health and social efforts.
On the other hand, the total economic response spending has reached MVR964.3 million while the total disbursements to ERP schemes saw a slight increase of 0.9 percent from the week before. To date the total disbursements made towards Income Support Scheme has reached MVR52.3 million.
Meanwhile the spending towards Covid-19 recovery loan scheme and discount on electricity bills have amounted to MVR900.0 million and MVR12.0 million respectively. An additional disbursement of MVR8.7 million was made towards NSPA for the implementation of the Income Support Scheme.