11 new COVID-19 cases registered; CBO offers online services

March 23, 2020

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Monday announced 11 new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. 

Of these, nine are citizens and two residents. Among the 11 cases, nine are linked to travel and contact infection while two are under epidemiological investigations. ‘All the 11 patients are in stable condition. This brings the total number of cases registered in the sultanate to 66. Of these, 17 patients have recovered.

MoH calls upon all to adhere to the quarantine procedures as instructed. ‘We advise everyone to keep washing hands with soap as well as avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes and follow the healthy habits when coughing and sneezing.’

MECA suspends issuing diving permits
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has suspended the issuance of permits for visiting natural reserves and diving.

Oman Air suspends Istanbul flights
Oman Air has suspended flights between Muscat and Istanbul in Turkey from March 25 to 31 due to restrictions imposed on travel.

No issuance of civil protection licences
The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances has stopped issuing civil protection licences to owners of establishments and companies across Oman as of Monday, March 23 until further notice.

Transporting goods to Musandam
The Ministry of Transport on Tuesday will launch service to transport goods between the ports of Shinas and Khasab through two landing ships. One of the ships belongs to Sinyar Oman and the other to Raed al Shehhi Establishment.

The ministry has also urged owners of national and private ferries operating to Musandam and the wilayat of Masirah Island to limit their service to citizens and residents who live there.

The Chedi Muscat closes temporarily
The Chedi Muscat is temporarily suspending hotel operations from March 25, Wednesday, until further notice. “The health and well-being of our guests and staff remain our top priority and we seek your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the situation in the
Sultanate of Oman.

“We thank you for the trust you’ve shown us over the years and we look forward to seeing you at The Chedi Muscat again soon. In the meantime, may each of you keep safe and stay well during this time. We wish you good health,” Morton Johnston, general manager, The Chedi Muscat, said.
Johnston said that those who had made reservations ‘all deposits and pre-payments will be fully refunded’. “Should you require assistance with additional queries relating to reservation matters, kindly contact at +968 24524401 and email: reservation@chedimuscat.com.”

CBO offers online services
The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) has closed its customer service units at the head office in Muttrah, KOM premises, and at Sohar and Salalah branches until further notice. ‘The public are encouraged to make use of our online services during this period. The move is in line with the recent directives issued by the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19. It not only mandates closure of all customer service units across all public and private institutions in the country but also recommends usage of electronic and online services to the extent possible,’ CBO stated.

CBO is calling upon all its customers to get in touch with it through the following online channels, email: cso @cbo.gov.om and on the
following phone numbers: 24777922/24777783/24777503 as a step to ensure continuity of its services.

In a statement released on cbo.gov.om earlier, CBO affirmed that this step is an endeavour to ensure safety of its customers in view of the evolving scenario.

More frequencies for telecom operators
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is allocating operators additional frequencies for free. ‘This measure is taken so that the operators are able to absorb the burden because of the increased use of telecom services and to aid in conducting business remotely or online,’ TRA stated.

It urged the telecom firms to provide offers that enable the beneficiaries to make the most of the services as well as to enable various sectors to perform their remote work efficiently.

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