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Oman Confirms 9 New Coronavirus Cases, Rising Total to 33

Wed 18 Mar 2020 | 11:22 AM

The Omani Ministry of Health has confirmed nine new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.

It added that eight Omani citizens and other expatriate were tested positive to the deadly virus, pointing out that even cases of them are related to traveling abroad, while the two cases are under investigation.

“One of the case is hospitalized and in stable condition while the others are under home quarantine,” the statement noted

The total number of confirmed cases is now 33 of which 12 have recovered.

It is noteworthy that the Sultanate has decided to quarantine all people arriving in the country whether by air, sea, or land, amid Coronavirus outbreak, according to the Health Ministry.

The decision came into force as of Tuesday, until further notice.

“In accordance with decisions issued by the supreme committee tasked with dealing and responding to the developments of COVID19 pandemic, There will be a quarantine for anyone entering the country, by air, sea, and land, including Omanis,” the ministry tweeted.

“Accordingly, the Health Ministry urges all travelers entering the country to adhere to imposing the home or institutional quarantine. In case any symptoms appear, please contact the Ministry contact center or the nearest health institution,” the statement added.

The Sultanate has imposed preventive measure to curb the viral virus, including:

– Banning the entry of all non-Omanis to the Sultanate’s territories via all land, sea and airports and checkpoints, except citizens of GCC states.

–  Closing all parks and public play areas.

–  Suspending Friday prayers.

–  Stopping all social gatherings like wedding parties and funeral ceremonies.

More cases of the virus, which causes respiratory disease Covid-19, continue to emerge, with outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, and Iran.

Transmission of viruses between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough. They can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.