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Over 11,000 people in institutional quarantine

7 Apr 2021

As many as 11,086 travellers were in quarantine in 609 approved centres and hotels in several parts of the sultanate on Sunday, according to Hamoud bin Mohammed al Mundhiri, spokesman for the Relief and Shelter Sector of the Ministry of Social Development. 

“We have registered 38,389 people in various institutional quarantine centres across different governorates since the beginning of the year. This number is gradually decreasing with their quarantine period ending. We had 11,086 people in institutional quarantine centres till April 25, 2021,” Mundhiri said.

Addressing news circulating on social media about arrival of 13 flights at Muscat International Airport on April 24 – the day a ban on passengers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh came into effect, Mundhiri said, “A total 4,926 passengers arrived in the sultanate on the day. They were dealt with the same procedures set by the Supreme Committee. The travellers’ whereabo-uts and quarantine in isolation centres are being monitored.”

He explained that all international flights arriving in the sultanate are pre-scheduled. “All arrivals in the sultanate are dealt with according to the decisions of the Supreme Committee, including pre-examination procedures for PCR test, examination at the airport, institutional isolation and PCR inspection on the eighth day.”

He informed that the Relief and Shelter Sector also monitors hotels and accommodation facilities that have been approved for institutional quarantine. 

Mundhiri noted that the Relief and Shelter Sector has detected violations of health measures in certain centres approved for institutional quarantine. Violations of isolation orders among international travellers have also been reported. “Some people go home and remove the tracking bracelet. In such cases, we contact Royal Oman Police to take necessary action against the violators.”

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