Coronavirus: Oman reports 86 new cases, bringing total to 813

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Oman recorded 86 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 813, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.
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Six people have also recovered from the virus, raising the total recoveries to 130.

There have been a total of four deaths from coronavirus in the sultanate, added the statement, which is no change from the previous day.

Oman had reported a significant jump in the number of new cases a day earlier, with 128 new confirmed cases.

Oman’s trajectory of cases has been slightly behind most of countries in the Arabian Gulf, where a relatively steep increase in cases was reported in the first week of April. The Minister of Health on Thursday said that the number of cases in the country are on the rise.

“The cases are increasing, and we have not reached the peak,” he said.

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The number of cases will continue to rise, the minister added, but the Sultanate will continue to enforce precautionary measures to slow down the rate of infections.

The ministry urged the public to adhere to instructions issued by the World Health Organization and called on residents to remain at home.

Oman’s capital city Muscat has gone into a complete lockdown, starting from April 10 until further notice, to help curb the coronavirus outbreak, Omani News Agency reported citing the Royal Oman Police (ROP).

“Muscat governorate will be included within the public sanitary isolation initiative taking place in Muttrah district, starting from 10 a.m. today until further notice,” the ROP said in a statement.