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‘Follow social distancing norms in the holy month’

25 Apr 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Omani authorities have asked people to avoid organising iftar gatherings and group Taraweeh prayers during the holy month.

H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health (MoH), and a member of the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19, has harped on the significance of compliance with social distancing measures for everyone’s benefit.

 

Community transmission cases

Dr Saif al Abri, Director General of Disease Control and Surveillance, MoH, said that community transmission comprises 71 per cent of the total registered cases. He cited an example of one COVID-19 carrier who mingled with 70 people in just 24 hours. Dr Abri said that the epidemiological peak can only be ascertained 40 days from the start of multiplication of cases.

Ramadan supplies

H E Dr Saud bin Hamoud al Habsi, Undersecretary for Fisheries Affairs in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF), said that there is enough foodstuff in markets. “ There is however a need to maintain social distancing among workers and buyers.” 

H E Dr Habsi said that 170 companies have been registered on the electronic sale platform and that MoAF has devised a special programme to make fish available at all outlets in the wilayats.

He said that fish prices will be followed up on a daily basis to ensure affordability to all consumers.

Business activities

Muscat Municipality has said that meetings are under way to pave the way for resumption of business activities. “Discussions are taking place with concerned departments,” Dr Shawqi bin Abdulrahman al Zadjali, Assistant Director General of Health Affairs, Muscat Municipality, said.

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