Health Minister Ahmed Naseem says the government has no plans to go into a lockdown despite the rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide.

He made these remarks while answering questions at the parliament session today. At the session, MP for Kaashidhoo constituency Abdullah Jabir pointed out that the number of COVID cases was increasing and whether the country might go into a lockdown again.

In his answer, the Minister said that despite the rise in COVID cases, there were no plans in place to lock down the country to prevent the further spread of the pandemic.

He added that the authorities do not want to go into a lockdown under any circumstances.

Minister Naseem also said that the country's economic situation would not allow for a lockdown and that the only way forward is to learn to live with the pandemic.

This comes amid an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country with the Health Protection Agency HPA reporting 1,202 new cases of COVID in the country between 19th June and 25th June.

The new cases take the total number of COVID-19 cases reported since March 2020 to a staggering 181,586.

HPA also said that 51 people were admitted to hospitals in the period between 19th June to 25th with 5 COVID deaths confirmed in the week too. A total of 305 people have now succumbed to the pandemic in the Maldives since April 2020.

The Agency had said last week that a total of 405 cases were reported between 12th June to 18th June with 17 new hospital admissions in the period.