Authorities in the Maldives have decided to extend the latest restrictive measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic even amid a drop in daily cases.

This was confirmed by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih this evening as he met with the media to discuss the latest efforts against the pandemic.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih/ Photo: President's Office

President Solih said that authorities had decided to extend the current measures for two weeks but would initially extend the measures for 7 days.

He also said that authorities would decide on whether or not to extend the measures after looking at the case numbers being reported in the country.

The current measures being implemented include a 10-hour curfew in the Greater Male' Area from 04:00 pm to 08:00 am every day. Authorities had also banned residents from going out without a police-issued permit during non-COVID hours.

Other measures include the closure of government offices, schools and temporarily stopping congregational prayers in the Greater Male' Area.