Muscat city
A view of the Muscat city. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Sultanate of Oman has announced it is placing Muscat under total lockdown for 12 days, as of Friday, Oman News Agency reported on Wednesday.

The move is part of the Sultanate’s intensive efforts and precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new restrictions come as the Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday 48 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections across the country to 419, including 72 recoveries and two deaths, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said today.

The ministry reiterated its calls on the public to adhere to the precautionary measures and home quarantine instructions. It urged everyone to adhere strictly to social distancing instructions issued by the Supreme Committee as well as to stay at home and not go out unless necessary.

“With our commitment to health instructions, quarantine measures and social distancing, we will prevent ourselves, our families, and our community from the spread of coronavirus," the ministry said in a statement.