Cairo: Oman on Wednesday reported 18 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising to 210 its total infections, according to the Health Ministry. Of the total, 34 cases have recovered, the ministry added. Oman announced its first death from Covid-19 on Tuesday. The fatality was a 72-year-old Omani man, the official news agency ONA reported.
Omani authorities have taken a raft of precautions aimed at limiting the spread of the highly infectious virus in the country. They include suspending flights, stopping the issuance of tourist visas and all sporting events as well as banning the entry of tourist vessels to the Sultanate's ports.
The sultanate has also banned public gatherings and halted all publications as part of the health precautions.