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Covid-19: Oman reports first coronavirus death

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Filed on April 1, 2020 | Last updated on April 1, 2020 at 12.30 am
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Sultanate also confirms 13 new cases of the deadly disease, taking the overall tally to 192

Oman's Health Ministry reported on Tuesday the country's first coronavirus death, a 72-year-old Omani man, state TV said on Twitter.

The country also reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the overall tally to 192.

Of the total, 34 cases have recovered, the Ministry added without clarification.

Omani authorities have instigated several precautions aimed at reducing instances of the pandemic, including suspending flights, stopping the issuing of tourist visas and all sporting events, as well as banning the entry of tourist vessels to the Sultanate's ports.

Oman has also banned public gatherings and ceased all publications as part of the health measures.

Dr Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi, Oman's health minister, said the country could look to introduce even more stringent measures to combat the pandemic.

He said Oman has not yet decided to impose a curfew, but that the Higher Committee to Combat Coronavirus has taken action such as reducing the number of workers in the government sector to 70 per cent.

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