Several private transport operators also run daily buses between Dubai and Oman. Image Credit: Supplied

Cairo: Oman Wednesday recorded 298 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing to 4,019 the country's overall infections, the Health Ministry said.

The newly diagnosed cases include 89 Omanis and 209 foreigners, the ministry said without giving a breakdown of foreign patients’ nationalities.

COVID-19 fatalities stand at 17 with new deaths reported on Wednesday.

The total number of recoveries in the country has increased by 39 to reach 1,289, the Omani news agency ONA reported, citing an update from the ministry.

Omani authorities have started free testing to detect persons infected with COVID-19.

A bus service is provided in the governorate of Muscat to transport people to medical centres offering free tests. Mobile testing buses are also provided to support efforts to curb the spread of the virus, ONA said.