Oman bans public gatherings, shuts currency exchange stores


Oman banned public gatherings in the Gulf Arab state on Sunday, limited the staff in state institutions and closed exchange offices to combat the spread of the corona virus.

Authorities also urged the private sector to facilitate remote working, and urged commercial businesses and individuals to restrict cash transactions, state television reported.

At 55, the Sultanate has the lowest infection in the Gulf Cooperation Council with six nations where the total number of cases of the virus has exceeded 1,500 with three deaths.

The region has stepped up its efforts to combat the spread of the disease, with Kuwait taking some of the most drastic steps, including stopping international flights, as well as Saudi Arabia. Other Gulf states have blocked the entry of foreigners.

Kuwait, which reported 12 more cases on Sunday to increase the number to 188, imposed a nationwide curfew on Saturday and extended the suspension of state and private institutions and businesses by two weeks.

Some Kuwait supermarkets only allow 50 buyers at a time and measure their temperature, a Reuters witness said.

The Ministry of Defense has started using mobile hospitals in Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported. The Kingdom has temporarily stopped working in the government sector and in most of the private sector.

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates’ regional economic and commercial center have encouraged people to stay at home and work remotely.

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