COVID-19 expenditure at USD 57.6 million by end of May

Ministry of Finance has revealed COVID-19 related expenditure by the state stood at USD 57.6 million by the end of May.

In the weekly COVID-19 spending report, the finance ministry stated the total COVID-19 expenditure by the state rose to USD 57.6 million by May 28. The figure had risen by 2.9% compared to the previous week.

The largest share of the expenditure was spent on National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), with USD 37.7 million spent on its operations. USD 9.1 million has been spent on the operations of Ministry of Health, while USD 5.4 million has been spent on the Disaster Management Fund.

Main COVID-19 expenses undertaken by the state include the purchase of test kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ventilators and other medical supplies. The government has also developed several quarantine and isolation facilities across the Maldives as part of the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.