As Oman continues to confront COVID-19, gratitude and accolades are pouring in for the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) personnel for the incredible work they are doing to keep the country safe during what is undoubtedly a challenging time as citizens and residents stay in the comfort of their homes.
“Police and armed forces continue to courageously serve our country with commitment and sacrifices during these difficult times. I offer my gratitude for everything that they are doing to protect the public during this pandemic. They do all this while we are in the comfort of our homes. So, for this we need to abide by the rules to help achieve the results of the lockdown which is to limit the spread of COVID-19,” Abdullah al Naamani, a bank employee from Seeb, said.
Govind Sampath, resident of Bousher, said, “As we move into the next phase of controlling this virus, we all need to work together in enforcing social distancing measures. For this reason, ROP is playing a major role. Every single person from ROP and the army has given up a great deal of their time and have made significant sacrifices because of this virus. They deserve our appreciation and thanks.”
According to ROP, citizens and residents have shown greater commitment in adhering to the lockdown regulations due to which the number of violations reported have dropped. ‘The number of lockdown violations reported in the country has dropped in the last three days. Citizens and residents are showing a conscious commitment in following the rules,’ ROP stated.
Through the closure of governorates and the movement ban, the government and the Ministry of Health (MoH) is looking to reduce the coronavirus cases. “We are beginning to notice a decrease in the number of cases registered already and we hope that there will be a noticeable drop at the end of the week or during the days of Eid,” Dr Saif al Abri, Director General of Disease Control, MoH, said.
“It will be necessary for us to evaluate the success of the measures to prevent movement and the total closure between governorates,” he added.
Dr Abri said it is the responsibility of individuals to protect themselves when going shopping, especially in traditional markets, during the daytime when movement within governorates is allowed.