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Oman has lowest coronavirus cases in GCC

6 May 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Even though Oman recorded the highest daily count of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the sultanate remains least impacted among the GCC countries as more measures have been taken to stem the spread of the pandemic.

In the GCC, Oman has the least number of cases with a number of recoveries reaching 888 on Wednesday and the total number of COVID-19 cases at 2,903, including 13 deaths.

Saudi Arabia has the highest number of cases (30,251) including 200 deaths. With 17,142 cases, Qatar comes second with 12 COVID-19 related deaths. UAE comes third with 15,192 cases, including 146 deaths and Kuwait is fourth with 5,804 cases and 40 deaths. Bahrain has reported 3,720 cases and 8 deaths. (These figures were recorded at the time of filing this report on May 6).

The less numbers in Oman reflects how the country has acted proactively to contain the virus after taking some tough measures that have helped curb the spread. As part of further preventive measures, the lockdown in Muscat, Wilayat Muttrah and Jalan Bani Bu Ali has now been extended until May 29. Earlier, the Muscat lockdown was to end on May 8.

Recently, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said there has been effective cooperation and continuous response of the Omani people in tackling the pandemic, in addition to their strict commitment to the precautionary measures. “Oman is fully committed to working closely with every nation to advance common thinking and collaboration among the international community, all for the benefit of future generations,” he said.

H E Sa’eedi keeps calling for a need to be more careful while moving around and by practising social distancing. “Social distancing is key to preventing the spread,” he said recently.

In another measure to limit the spread, the Directorate General of Customs, ROP, closed the customs clearance offices at Al Wajajah border post from Wednesday. “The closure is based on ROP’s commitment to the decisions issued by the Supreme Committee on COVID-19. ROP calls on importers, exporters, and clearing agents to benefit from the Bayan online single window/one-stop services,” ROP said.

COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Oman on February 24 when two citizens tested positive after returning from Iran. Muscat continues to be the governorate with the highest number of confirmed cases (2104) and 12 deaths.

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