Muscat: Effective today Oman’s southern governorate of Dhofar is on a partial lockdown from 6pm until 5am. The decision comes after Oman’s Supreme Committee reviewed the epidemiological investigation reports in the various governorates of the Sultanate, which showed a high level of danger due to Coronavirus in the Dhofar Governorate.
The number of infected cases increased steadily which reflected in the number of inpatients in intensive care units and wards exceeding the capacity, and also in the number of deaths.
The curfew is expected to bring down the rate of infection currently prevalent and also as a safety measure to protect the community from the spread. The Supreme Committee decided to extend the closure of commercial activities as well as a people’s and vehicular movement in Dhofar Governorate from 6pm to 5am until further notice.
The Supreme Committee stressed that this decision is subject to review at a later stage, depending on the developments of the epidemiological indicators.
More stringent decisions to prevent the spread of the epidemic, including complete closure if the situation calls for it will be implemented, the Committee announced.
It also urged people to wear mask at all times, including while visiting mosques for prayers, and also adhere to social distancing. Unnecessary outings were also discouraged as a way to curb the spread.