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A view of a port in Muscat. Oman is lifting a two-week COVID-19 lockdown on Friday instead of Saturday. Image Credit: Supplied

Cairo: Oman has decided to advance lifting a two-week health lockdown between its governorates to start later Friday instead of Saturday.

A supreme committee on COVID-19 decided to lift the total lockdown at 2pm Friday to facilitate people’s movement between Oman’s governorates, the Omani news agency ONA reported.

The decision was made after the committee had reviewed weather reports in the Arabian Sea as some areas of the Sultanate are expected to be affected by a tropical storm.

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The lifting of the lockdown, in force since July 25, does not include the Governorate of Dhofar, which is put on lockdown until further notice, ONA said.

The panel also said that a nighttime health curfew across the country will continue to be in force on 7pm Friday night until 6am Saturday. Its enforcement changes to 9pm until 5am daily starting from Saturday night until August 15, ONA reported.

On Wednesday, the committee announced lifting the lockdown between Oman’s governorates and reducing hours of the nighttime curfew by three hours beginning August 8.

The lockdown included the Eid Al Adha holiday and banned Eid gatherings in an effort to contain the virus incidence.