Coronavirus: Oman has enough food stocks, port operations running smoothly

Men wear protective face masks at a market after Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary lockdown on the province of Qatif following the spread of coronavirus, in Qatif, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: Reuters)

Oman’s food stocks are sufficient, and its port operations are running smoothly, a trade ministry official said on Thursday.

The government has also been in touch with several traders to buy more stocks and is providing storage space for free, the official was quoted as saying on state television.

The ministry is also coordinating with police to make sure the flow of commodities via trucks is normal, he said.

There are currently 231 confirmed cases in the country.

Last week, Oman announced new measures to stem the spread of the virus. The new precautions introduced included banning public gatherings, closing all currency exchange shops, and banning publications and the sale of imported publications.

Government services must reduce their staffing to only 30 percent of the total number of employees, according to ONA. All other employees will work remotely to combat the outbreak.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06
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