COVID-19: Oman’s infection tally hits 86,380, deaths at 705

Cairo: Oman confirmed 256 further cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, taking the country’s total infections to 86,380, Health Minister Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammad Al Saeed said.

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Deaths from COVID-19 in Oman have totalled 705, the minister told a press conference.

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Overall recoveries from the disease in the sultanate have reached 87,828, according to Dr Al Saeed.

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He added that the number of infections in the country have started to decline, but urged for observance of precautions against the potentially fatal illness.

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“We still pin hopes on society’s awareness because this is our most effective weapon [against the disease],” Dr Al Saeed said, according to the Omani news agency ONA.

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He defended the reopening of economic activities in the country, saying it was gradual and based on precautions. “Life must go on and the economic situation has been affected [by the coronavirus pandemic] all over the world,” he said.

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The minister warned that businesses that do not observe health precautions face fines and shutdown.

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He cited reports that some employees have taken advantage of their remote work to spend some hours in shopping centres and on beaches.

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An Omani state supreme committee in charge of tackling COVID -19 has strictly banned all forms of gatherings and has not scrapped the ban, the minister said.

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