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The committee meeting. Image courtesy: ONA

Oman imposes lockdown from July 25 to Aug 8

MUSCAT, July 22, 2020

Oman's Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has decided to implement a complete lockdown of all governorates of the sultanate from July 25 to August 8.
A committee meeting, held at the Interior Ministry to follow up on developments related to the pandemic and measures to prevent its spread, was chaired by Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al-Busaidi, Minister of Interior, said an Oman News Agerncy report.
The Supreme Committee also banned movement of people and announced the closure of all public places and commercial outlets during the lockdown period from 7 pm to 6 am.
Police patrols will be intensified and command and control points will be activated in the daytime during the lockdown period, said a statement issued by the Supreme Committee, which also banned all types of assembling or gatherings, including Eid Al Adha prayers and traditional pre-Eid souq/trading activities (hapta), as well as any exchange of Eid visits among families or group gatherings to celebrate the Eid.
The decisions were taken in view of the considerable rise in the number of people being infected with Covid-19. They are a necessary measure to protect individuals and society against infection with the disease and to ease pressure on health sector and enhance its capacity to handle the situation, said the committee.


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