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Hold off your gatherings as coronavirus still prevalent

29 Aug 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Despite repeated warnings from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other authorities continuously educating the public about social distancing, people are still gathering at several tourists spots and beaches in Oman. 

The last weekend too was no exception as many public spots were full of people.

Earlier, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, who has time and again reiterated that social distancing is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, said, “Think about your society, think about your family, think about your country. There is a need to reduce the impact of this pandemic by working together.”

Even though the number of COVID-19 cases has reduced, people that Muscat Daily spoke to feel that the public needs to act on their own and not wait for authorities to enforce tough measures. “I have noticed that there is lack of commitment, and carelessness by some people who hold gatherings, birthday parties and come together at beaches,” said Saeed bin Nasser al Juma, a Seeb resident.

“Where is the responsibility amongst us? How can we claim we are responsible when we don’t practice social distancing and ignore the guidelines of the authorities? The government has done its best and now it is the duty of the public to act responsibly by avoiding gatherings because COVID-19 is not over yet.”

Others feel all leisure activities should be stopped until the pandemic is fully over. 

“People need to be a little more patient until everything is under control. We do not want to see a second wave of infections. I am glad that public parks are still closed because it seems that people find it difficult to act responsibly. Time to enjoy is yet to come,” said Saada al Naamani, a resident of Al Khuwayr.

After initially limiting the spread of COVID-19 with lockdowns in many parts of the country, the Supreme Committee dealing with the COVID-19 situation allowed reopening of almost all businesses. However, no decision has yet been taken on the opening of public parks and places of worship.

Until now, nearly 85,000 people in Oman have got infected with the virus and more than 640 people have died.

 

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