As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on across the world, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has urged citizens and residents to avoid travel outside the country.
In a statement, MoH said, ‘The Ministry of Health calls on citizens and residents not to travel unless absolutely necessary, especially to countries where the epidemic is widespread.’
On Sunday, MoH announced 868 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recorded over three days, taking the total to 139,362. Three deaths and 569 recoveries were reported in this period.
‘The number of recoveries has increased to 130,653, while the number of deaths has reached 1,552,’ an MoH statement said, adding that the rate of recovery now stands at 94 per cent.
As of Sunday, a total of 163 patients were admitted in health institutions, including 56 in intensive care units.
Following the increase in infection cases, social media was abuzz with rumours of a lockdown and the suspension of offline classes. Rebutting the rumours, the Government Communication Centre (GCC) stated, ‘What is being circulated about the existence of decisions issued by the Supreme Committee related to the closure of the Governorate of Muscat and the suspension of studies in educational institutions is not true.’
MoH called upon all who arrive in Oman to adhere to isolation procedures while advising social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus.