Oman Daily Observer

Oman bans ar­rivals from 10 coun­tries

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MUS­CAT: As part of its on­go­ing ses­sion, the Supreme Com­mit­tee tasked with tack­ing de­vel­op­ments re­sult­ing from coro­n­avirus (Covid-19) pan­demic held a meet­ing on Mon­day un­der the chair­man­ship of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Bu­saidy, Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, to dis­cuss up­dates about the pan­demic, mea­sures of pro­tec­tion against the virus and ways to curb its spread.

The Supreme Com­mit­tee stud­ied the im­pact of the global epi­demi­o­log­i­cal sit­u­a­tion on health sys­tems in dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the world, par­tic­u­larly amid the spread of mu­tated vari­ants of the virus linked to travel. In this con­text, the com­mit­tee pon­dered over the po­ten­tial risks lest the new strains might pre­vail in the Sul­tanate and ex­ert pres­sure on its health es­tab­lish­ments — a likely pos­si­bil­ity in­di­cated by lo­cal re­ports and PCR tests con­ducted on in­com­ing pas­sen­gers.

To pro­tect in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­ety and to safe­guard the out­come of ef­forts made over the past pe­riod, the Supreme Com­mit­tee de­cided to sus­pend in­com­ing flights from 10 coun­tries, which are: Su­dan, Le­banon, South Africa, Brazil, Nige­ria, Tan­za­nia, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, in ad­di­tion to ar­rivals from any other coun­try if the trav­ellers hap­pened to have vis­ited the above-men­tioned coun­tries within 14 days be­fore ap­ply­ing to en­ter the Sul­tanate.

The ban takes ef­fect from Thurs­day (12 am) and con­tin­ues for a pe­riod of 15 days. An ex­emp­tion is granted to Omani cit­i­zens, diplo­mats and health work­ers and their fam­i­lies who all have to un­dergo the usual ap­proved health pro­ce­dures be­fore en­ter­ing the Sul­tanate.

The Supreme Com­mit­tee urges all cit­i­zens and res­i­dents to avoid travel abroad, ex­cept un­der ex­treme ne­ces­sity.

The com­mit­tee prays to the Almighty Al­lah to pro­tect all peo­ple against all harm.

Mean­while, the to­tal num­ber of pos­i­tive Covid-19 cases in the Sul­tanate reached 139,692 while the num­ber of re­cov­er­ies stood at 130,848, com­pris­ing 94 per cent.

The to­tal num­ber of Covid-19 re­lated death cases stood at 1,555, the Min­istry of Health said.

DE­CI­SION TAKES EF­FECT FROM THURS­DAY

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