COVID-19 cases in the sultanate touch 99

March 25, 2020

The Ministry of Health said on Wednesday that 15 more Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been registered taking the total to 99. Of these, 17 patients have recovered.

All 15 patients are Omanis. ‘Seven are linked to contact with infected patients, seven to travel to the UK, the US and Spain while one patient is under epidemiological investigation,’ the ministry stated.

70 cases in Muscat: The ministry said that Muscat has recorded maximum patients at 70 (ten recovered),
followed by Dakhliyah at ten (two recovered), North Batinah ten, South Batinah four, Dhahirah two, Dhofar two and South Sharqiyah one.

Rise in cases: Speaking to Oman TV, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said that cases are rising in Oman. “It is important for everyone to join hands to limit the spread of the virus. Most Omanis arriving from abroad will be placed under institutional quarantine.

“We will start an SMS service to contribute to the ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the disease. It’s a pandemic. No one can predict when it’s going to end. I hope that citizens and residents adhere to the instructions and stay at home.”

PACP fines four firms: The Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) in Barka has fined four firms for selling cement at inflated prices. It said that these firms took advantage of the current crisis situation.

Youssef bin Ahmed al Riyami, assistant director of the Consumer Protection Department in Barka, said, “It is necessary to abide by local laws and not to raise the price of goods and services. We will not fail to pursue violators and refer them to the competent authorities.”

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