Muscat Daily

Over 7,900 reg­is­ter for iso­la­tion in 321 cen­tres

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As many as 7,963 in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers have reg­is­tered for in­sti­tu­tional iso­la­tion in 321 ap­proved cen­tres to date, ac­cord­ing to Hamoud bin Mo­hammed al Mund­hiri, spokesman of the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment’s Re­lief and Shel­ter Sec­tor.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily, Mund­hiri said, “The 7,963 are reg­is­tered in in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine cen­tres in dif­fer­ent gov­er­norates. The num­ber may vary in com­ing days.”

Mund­hiri in­formed that teams from the Re­lief and Shel­ter Sec­tor are work­ing around the clock re­ceiv­ing re­turnees from abroad. “Trav­ellers are screened in co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of Health to make sure they are free of any symp­toms of COVID-19. The Re­lief and Shel­ter Sec­tor is also co­op­er­at­ing with the Royal Oman Po­lice to mon­i­tor peo­ple in in­sti­tu­tional iso­la­tion cen­tres.”

He noted that the Re­lief and Shel­ter Sec­tor has also recorded vi­o­la­tions of iso­la­tion or­ders among in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers.

“Some peo­ple go home. We are in con­tact with the ROP to take nec­es­sary ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mund­hiri, cases of iso­lated in­di­vid­u­als test­ing pos­i­tive for COVID-19 have also emerged. “The Re­lief and Shel­ter Sec­tor has ac­ti­vated hot­line num­bers - 24994267, 24994266 and 24994265 – for en­quiries about places of in­sti­tu­tional iso­la­tion.”

New in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine rules

The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (CAA) has an­nounced new ex­cep­tions to in­sti­tu­tional iso­la­tion di­rec­tives.

A state­ment is­sued by the CAA said that based on de­ci­sions of the Supreme Com­mit­tee tasked with tack­ling the im­pact of COVID-19, in ref­er­ence to cir­cu­lars is­sued on Fe­bru­ary 11 and 15, some pas­sen­gers are ex­empted from pre­sent­ing pre­con­firmed ho­tel reser­va­tions be­fore they are checked in at their air­port of de­par­ture.

Those ex­empted in­clude diplo­mats work­ing at for­eign mis­sions ac­cred­ited to the sul­tanate, their fam­i­lies, and diplo­mats vis­it­ing Oman; ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers aged 18 and younger if trav­el­ling alone, and those aged 60 or older; and air­lines crew, sub­ject to the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures is­sued by MoH.

Sick pas­sen­gers with health con­di­tions re­quir­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion as per an au­tho­rised health form are ex­empted. Two com­pan­ions ac­com­pa­ny­ing a sick pa­tient who is un­der 18 years or a woman pa­tient will be ex­empted from in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine. Sick male pas­sen­gers older than 18 are al­lowed a sin­gle com­pan­ion who will be ex­empted.

Hold­ers of per­mits for pri­vate in­sti­tu­tional iso­la­tion cen­tres that are pre-ap­proved by the Re­lief and Shel­ter Sec­tor are also ex­empted from in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine.

For mem­bers of ship crews moored in ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters of the sul­tanate, companies are obliged to en­sure that there is a ho­tel reser­va­tion cover­ing the du­ra­tion of their stay in Oman based on the let­ter of a ship­ping agent.

‘All other re­quire­ments as stip­u­lated in pre­vi­ous cir­cu­lars re­main valid,’ the CAA stated.

297 new cases

The MoH reg­is­tered 297 new cases of COVID-19 on Tues­day, tak­ing the to­tal to 139, 989.

The min­istry con­firmed two COVID-19 re­lated deaths, tak­ing the to­tal to 1,557 deaths. The to­tal num­ber of re­cov­er­ies is 131,143, and the re­cov­ery rate 94 per cent.

Thirty-five pa­tients were hos­pi­talised in the last 24 hours, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of in­pa­tients in hos­pi­tals to 182, in­clud­ing 64 in in­ten­sive care.

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