Presidential Spokesperson Mohamed Mabrook Azeez says the government had yet made a decision to put the country under a full lockdown to deter the rampant spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mabrook made these comments via Twitter after sharing a news article by a local media outlet that had reported that the government would initiate a full lockdown next week.

The local media report said that the Health Emergency Operations Center HEOC had proposed placing the country under a full lockdown to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and that the lockdown would go into effect on the 25th of this month.

But Mabrook said that no decision had been taken on these plans. Although he did not deny whether the government was contemplating such a plan in its fight against the widening COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 21,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country this month with daily cases averaging between 1000 to 2000 since the beginning of the month.

In the worst month since the pandemic began, the Maldives had also recorded 47 COVID-19 deaths in the country so far this month.

Authorities had tightened their measures against the pandemic with a 12-hour curfew now in place in the Greater Male' Area from 4:00 pm to 4:00 am every day.