Health Protection Agency HPA has extended the hours for the curfew currently imposed in the Greater Male' Area to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HPA said today that starting tomorrow, the curfew in the area would be imposed from 04:00 pm to 04:00 am every day.

The Agency also said that the curfew would be imposed in the Greater Male' Area of Male', Villimale', and Hulhumale' and that people are prohibited from going outside during the curfew.

HPA added that the curfew would be imposed for one week.

The new extension of the previously imposed curfew comes amid a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases across the country with more than 2000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

This has taken the total number of cases reported in the country to 37,019 with 10,376 active cases across the country.

HPA also said that 244 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized for further treatment.

While 26,547 people have recovered from the illness, the pandemic has killed 87 people in the country since April 2020. This includes 3 individuals who succumbed to the disease yesterday.