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Night lockdown helped reduce COVID-19 cases in Oman: Official

Dr Saif Al Abri says situation would have been worse without night lockdown

TAS News Service

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

MUSCAT: Strict measures by the Supreme Committee including the night lockdown has led to a drop in coronavirus cases in the country, according to a top Ministry of Health official.

Dr. Saif Al Abri, Director- General of Diseases Surveillance and Control, however said that the daily deaths and rise in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) patients are a serious concern. “The night lockdown has contributed to a drop since the end of April,” Al Abri said. “The situation would have been worse without these measures (night lockdown), but it takes two weeks for such measures to show its impact,” he pointed out. 

According to Al Abri, lockdown measures in Dhofar has also contributed to a significant drop in new infected cases. “The percentage of positive cases from examinations is 13 per cent, compared to 11 per cent during the pandemic, which touched 41 per cent at one point in October 2020,” he added.

Ahead of Eid Al Fitr, Oman took some stringent measures including closure of commercial activities throughout the day and extended the night movement ban from 7pm to 4am until May 15.  

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