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

Oman considers stricter measures as people are caught violating quarantine

People have been avoiding self-quarantining in Oman by getting elderly members of their families to wear their tracking bracelets, national daily Times of Oman reported on Tuesday, citing the Ministry of Health. “We have received messages of some people taking off their tracking bracelet af

Oman Sultan's oldest son named as crown prince

The Sultan of Oman, Haitham Bin Tariq, has appointed his oldest son, Dhi Yazan Bin Haitham, as crown prince, the country's first following a constitutional shakeup on Monday. Prior to becoming first in line to succession of the sultanate, the Oxford-educated 30-year-old was Oman's minis

Up to 7,600 receive COVID-19 vaccines in Oman, no side-effects reported: health minister

 Oman has inoculated up to 7,600 people with COVID-19 vaccines, and has not received any report of side effects from those who received them, health secretary Ahmed Mohammed said. There was a large turnout of citizens and residents wishing to get the vaccine on the eighth day of the immuniza

Oman warns landlords to expect further losses in 2021

Oman’s landlords fear a property crash after about 300,000 foreign workers left the country last year and the government told them not to expect an economic recovery in 2021. The Ministry of Economy said on Thursday that property owners would have to bear losses for another year as the coun

Oman launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

MUSCAT: Oman started coronavirus vaccinations on Sunday, two days ahead of plans to resume all flights and open borders that temporarily closed amid concerns over a new strain of the disease.The sultanate — which has recorded the second highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the Gulf — i

Oman border closure disrupts over 300 flights

Over 300 flights to and from Oman have been cancelled as the country closed its borders for a week due to the new strain of COVID-19 reported in the UK.The border closure, which covers ports of entry on land, sea, and air, started on Dec. 22, and will last for seven days, as announced by the Supre

Oman suspects four cases of new coronavirus strain

Oman’s minister of health said on Tuesday that four people who arrived in the sultanate this week from the UK are suspected to have the new strain of Covid-19. State television quoted Health Minister Dr Ahmed Al Saeedi saying that tests on the four people who arrived from the UK &ldquo

Oman to start COVID-19 vaccination drive Sunday

The Sultanate of Oman will start vaccinating against the coronavirus on Sunday, Dec. 27, state news agency ONA reported. Health Minister Ahmed Al-Saidi said the country will receive 15,600 Pfizer vaccines on Thursday, and will receive 28,000 vaccines by June. Individuals with chronic illnesses a

Oman to close borders to prevent mutant strain of coronavirus

Oman will be closing its borders tomorrow at 1:00 a.m. for one week to prevent a new strain of the coronavirus from entering the country, state news agency ONA reported on Monday. The COVID-19 supreme committee said that the decision to close the country’s land, air and sea borders was in r

Oman's Sultan approves launch of Vision 2040

Sultan of Oman, Haitham Bin Tariq, has approved the launch of the country's Vision 2040 which will be effective from next year, according to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry. The ambitious project was unveiled in 2018 under Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who passed away earlier this yea

Oman's health ministry issues license to import Pfizer COVID vaccine

 Oman's health ministry has issued a licence to import the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech against the novel coronavirus, the sultanate's state-run TV channel said on Tuesday. 

Oman Reports 557 New COVID-19 Cases

Oman's Ministry of Health reported 557 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases registered in the Sultanate to 124,886. The ministry said it also registered nine new deaths caused by the virus which raised the death toll to 1,444. Meanwhile, a total of 116,000 individuals

Oman to enact labor, taxation and subsidy reforms, says minister

Oman plans to amend labor laws, introduce new taxation and end some “long-standing” subsidies while ensuring that low-income families are protected, the Gulf Arab state’s foreign minister said on Saturday.Sayyed Badr Al Busaidi told the ISS Manama Dialogue summit in Bahrain that