Oman’s traditional Eid markets move online during lockdown

With lockdown measures in place, Omanis have recreated the traditional Eid Habta markets online this year, using Amazon to buy festive clothes and sweets and even using WhatsApp to buy and sell live animals. The government cancelled the Habta markets – usually held during the last week of R

Heavy rains and flooding dampen Eid spirits in Oman

Heavy rain flooded parts of Oman on Thursday, damaging properties and injuring dozens of people, state media reported. Oman Television broadcast video of water-logged roads, damaged shops and partially submerged vehicles in the densely populated regions of Al Dakhliya and Al Batinah. Oman’

Oman bans commercial activity from May 8 to 15

Oman will ban the movement of people and vehicles from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. from May 8 until May 15, the state news agency said on Sunday, citing the Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus.Oman will also ban commercial activity all day during the same period, except for food stores, gas stations,

Oman bars entry of travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as COVID-19 precaution

Oman has barred the entry of travelers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh effective on April 24 as a continuing precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease. The country’s Supreme Committee, tasked with tackling the coronavirus pandemic, said the ban would cover passengers who

Only 14 intensive care beds remain free in Oman as Covid-19 surges

Hospital beds are filling in Oman as Covid-19 cases soar, the sultanate’s health minister said on Tuesday. “The capacity of the intensive care units will run out if the situation remains like this,” Dr Ahmed Al Saidi said. “The reasons behind the hike in numbers are the n

Oman night ban returns as ICU cases hit new record

Oman has reported on Wednesday a record number of coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit as the Sultanate renewed night curfew, daily Times of Oman reported. There are more than 770 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with 264 in ICU, for the first time since the pandemic started, the report

Oman reports record daily Covid-19 deaths

Oman reported its highest number of daily deaths from coronavirus on Sunday, with 29 more people dying of Covid-19 days before the start of a new lockdown. The country also recorded a record 3,544 new Covid-19 infections, said the Ministry of Health. The total number of deaths since the start of

Oman to ban entry of visitors from April 8

Oman will only allow citizens and residents to enter the Gulf Arab state from April 8 following an increase in COVID-19 cases that is pressuring the health care system, the country's coronavirus committee said on Monday, Reuters reports. The committee also extended an evening ban on all

Oman imposes curfew from Sunday to combat coronavirus

Oman will impose a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Sunday and extending until April 8, as the Gulf Arab states tightens restrictions to curb a rise in coronavirus cases, state media reported on Thursday.No movement will be allowed during those times and an evening ban on all commercial activitie

Oman: 46,000 expats left in six months

The Omani Ministry of Labour yesterday revealed that more than 46,000 expatriate workers permanently left the Sultanate over the last six months, local media reported. "The total number of the workforce wishing to rectify their status and leave the country permanently has reached 65,173 workers,

Oman issues new quarantine measures for arriving travellers

Passengers arriving in Oman are required to quarantine in hotels and other isolation centers starting March 29 from 2 p.m., as part of the country’s new COVID-19 measures, local daily Times of Oman reported on Tuesday.Arrivals must make their booking via the Sahala platform, the Civil A

Nearly 16,000 arrivals undergoing Covid-19 quarantine in Oman

Oman has nearly 16,000 travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine across the country, officials said on Thursday as they extended a ban on arrivals from 10 countries for another two weeks to control surge in Covid-19 cases. Oman introduced the seven-day hotel quarantine requirement for all arrivals

Oman brings in two-week coronavirus curfew as case numbers rise

Oman’s committee leading the fight against the coronavirus ordered nightly movement restrictions for the next two weeks as the number of infections continues to increase. “To control the spread of the Covid-19 virus, it has been decided to impose a curfew from March 4 to March 20

Oman extends COVID-19 safety measures

Oman’s Supreme Committee supervising the country’s coronavirus response has extended indefinitely the closure of beaches, public parks and leisure spaces to curb the spread of the highly contagious disease. It reiterated the ban on indoor gatherings in resthouses, farms and winter cam

Oman suspends flights, bans travelers from 10 countries

 Oman has suspended flights and banned travelers from 10 countries as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. The country’s Supreme Committee tasked with the COVID-19 pandemic imposed ban on travelers from Sudan, Lebanon, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Guin

Oman’s coronavirus-related ICU patients double in 2 weeks

The number of patients in intensive care units, with cases related to the highly transmissible coronavirus disease, doubled during the past two weeks, daily Times of Oman reported.“We had 20 patients in ICU and today it touched 41 cases. This is a significant and disturbing increase,”

Oman brings in mandatory quarantine for arrivals as land borders close

All incoming travellers to Oman will face institutional quarantine, the country's Supreme Committee for Coronavirus announced on Wednesday. It did not give further details on whether the quarantine would be hotel-based or with location tracking bands, but said arrivals will have to bear the

Oman begins COVID-19 vaccine jabs for senior citizens

Oman’s Ministry of Health will start inoculating citizens aged over 65 years with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, daily Times of Oman reported.The vaccine will be given out at special immunization centers, and the two doses will be administered four weeks apart, the report added.The Sultanat