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COVID-19 cases cross 150; halt to all flights

29 Mar 2020

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Saturday announced the registration of 21 new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

All 21 cases are linked to citizens.

‘Eight cases are linked to having close contact with confirmed patients of coronavirus, eight are linked to travel while five cases are under epidemiological investigations,’ the ministry stated.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases registered in Oman to 152. Of all these patients, 23 have recovered so far.

  • Samples tested: The ministry has said that its laboratory centres have examined more than 4,200 samples to detect the coronavirus till date.
  • Halt to all flights: From Sunday 12pm [March 29], Oman Airports will stop all international and domestic flights to and from all airports in Oman with the exception of Musandam and cargo ones

MoCI hotline: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has set up a hotline (90114111) to address queries about commercial matters.

MRMWR campaign: The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) has conducted several campaigns to disinfect some areas in North Batinah and South Sharqiyah. ‘Markets, commercial areas, public restrooms, bus parkings, the industrial zone, some roads, walkways and sidewalks are being disinfected.

Muscat Municipality: It has carried out a disinfection campaign at housing sites.

MoHE initiative: The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has said that it has got all students wishing to return from Europe, Malaysia, Jordan and Egypt. The process to get remaining students from the US, Australia, New Zealand and others is on.

The Embassy of Oman in Washington stated that  about 800 citizens have expressed their desire to return from the US and Canada. ‘A commercial airline was selected to transport all Omanis who want to return on Monday, March 30, 2020.’

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