Oman ready to deal with nCoV cases; Omani stu­dents re­turn

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Oman has not recorded any case of coron­avirus yet but is on guard to deal with any even­tu­al­ity, the Min­istry of Health (MoH) said.

Dr Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, fol­low­ing the ad­vice of the Emer­gency Com­mit­tee on In­ter­na­tional Health Reg­u­la­tions (2005) on Thurs­day de­clared the out­break of Novel Coron­avirus (2019-nCoV) as a Pub­lic Health Emer­gency of In­ter­na­tional Con­cern.

Dr Ghe­breye­sus had said that the out­break con­sti­tutes to be a pub­lic health emer­gency in­ter­na­tion­ally as the ‘new disease con­tin­ues to ap­pear in coun­tries out­side China’.

MoH state­ment

In its state­ment (No 4) is­sued on Fri­day on the epi­demi­o­log­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of the out­break, MoH stated, ‘Oman has po­ten­tial for im­por­ta­tion of any case but we are ready. All coun­tries should be ready to con­tain the out­break, through ac­tive sur­veil­lance, early de­tec­tion, iso­la­tion and case man­age­ment, rais­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness and pre­vent­ing the spread of in­fec­tion.’

MoH has asked people to fol­low the ad­vice and guid­ance is­sued by it and WHO. Mean­while, all re­main­ing Omani stu­dents in Wuhan, China have re­turned.

It also stressed on cit­i­zens not to travel to China and af­fected ar­eas ex­cept in the case of ex­treme ne­ces­sity.

Oman Air in touch with the reg­u­la­tor

Oman Air has said it is in con­stant touch with the Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion (PACA) and closely mon­i­tor­ing the lat­est developmen­ts.

The state­ment comes af­ter WHO de­clared the out­break as a global health emer­gency. ‘We are closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion on the Novel Coron­avirus out­break. We are li­ais­ing with PACA our air­line reg­u­la­tor and with health or­gan­i­sa­tions. We are fol­low­ing their ad­vice and di­rec­tives. We rec­om­mend our val­ued guests to fol­low our so­cial me­dia plat­forms for more up­dates on this,’ Oman Air stated.

Omani stu­dents re­turn

Sul­tanate’s em­bassy in Bei­jing has con­firmed that re­main­ing stu­dents re­sid­ing in the Wuhan re­gion of China have re­turned to Oman, ONA re­ported on Fri­day.

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