Coronavirus: Oman extends land border closure until February 8

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Oman will extend the closure of its land borders for another week, until February 8, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, state TV said on Sunday, citing a decision by the Gulf state's coronavirus emergency committee.

The borders were closed on January 19 because of concerns about a new coronavirus variant, a measure that was extended last week.

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In December, Oman had launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with the sultanate’s health minister receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

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The virus outbreak in Oman has infected over 128,000 people and killed more than 1,400. The country closed all official points of entry last week over fears of the fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus.

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