Over the past few months, Oman has seen an increase in the daily COVID-19 infections. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: More than 30 expatriates have been arrested in Oman for playing cricket in Al Ansab in Muscat Governorate in violation of the Supreme Committee’s COVID-19 measure, the Royal Oman Police said on Sunday.

In a series of tweets, the Royal Oman Police said: “A group of 34 expatriates have been arrested in Al Ansab for violating the Supreme Committee’s measures and playing cricket on Friday. Everyone must abide by the decisions to contain the spread of the virus,”.

Over the past few months, Oman has seen an increase in the daily COVID-19 infections, prompting authorities to enforce strict precautionary measures including banning gatherings such as sports activities in public places.

According to the Ministry of Health data until June 11, several hospitals have exceeded the capacity allocated to COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, reaching 157 per cent in Sohar and Nizwa hospitals. The number of inpatients in the intensive care reached 338 with an occupancy rate of 99 per cent.

The Royal Hospital reached 95 per cent of its capacity, Khawla hospital 92 per cent, SQU hospital reached 100 per cent, Rustaq hospital 110 per cent and Nizwa Hospital 157 per cent for COVID-19 patients.

Sohar hospital also reached 175 per cent of its capacity in the ICU, Sur Hospital 106 per cent, Buraimi Hospital 80 per cent, Ibri hospital 133 per cent, Armed Forces Hospital at Al Khoudh 79 per cent and Sultan Qaboos Hospital at Salalah 54 per cent. Khasab hospital and Armed Forces Hospital in Salalah are the only two hospitals with zero COVID-19 cases in the ICU.