Solidarity urged as #OmanfacesCorona catches on

March 24, 2020

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Solidarity, support, empathy are all that the general public can offer the government and healthcare staff to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the country.

The campaign #OmanfacesCorona has been created to do just this - create solidarity. Hilal al Sarmi, a member of the Shura Council, told Muscat Daily that many people called him and sent text messages offering financial assistance to support the government.

“Every member of the society should be able to donate and contribute to the implementation of these projects and tackle the situation created by this pandemic.”

Sarmi said that the Supreme Committee on dealing with coronavirus should take these requests into consideration. “People want to donate, so I hope that the Supreme Committee dealing with coronavirus creates a fund or a bank account to accept financial donations.”

Mohamed al Kindy, chairman of the Board of Directors of Nakhl National Private Company, said, “Our company has decided to waive off the April rent for all stores in the Nakhl market.”

Saif Khamis al Badi, one of those who donated to support the government, told Muscat Daily that his company has donated a building consisting of 25 apartments and an integrated exhibition area in Sohar. “Donating and helping the government in times of crisis is a national, moral and religious obligation. I urge all lovers of Oman to donate and support the government.”

Mustafa Salem Saif al Ma’ani, owner of the Jabreen Hotel, too has offered his support. “We offered our hotel in Jabreen in the wilayat of Bahla. The hotel consists of 34 rooms.”

Khaled Mohammed, an official at Al Basma Bakery, Sohar, said, “We have launched an initiative to support those in home quarantine. The initiative includes to deliver free bakery products such as bread, cake, etc for free.”

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