COVID-19 Oman: No immediate plans to begin international flights, Muttrah to remain in health isolation over Eid

Merge 104.8  |  21 May 2020

Speaking at the Supreme Committee for COVID-19’s eighth press conference held today [Thursday, May 21], Oman’s Minister of Transport, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Futaisi, confirmed that there are no immediate plans to recommence international flights from Oman.

This is due to the fact that resuming air travel, he stated, will require caution and careful planning and, also, borders of many countries worldwide still remain shut.

Following this, His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa Al Harthy, Undersecretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that in terms of COVID-19 cases among Omani citizens who remain abroad, one case has been confirmed in New York and three in France — all of whom have made full recoveries.

Brigadier General Said Al Asmi, Director General of Operations with the Royal Oman Police also confirmed during the media briefing that health isolation will continue in the Wilayat of Muttrah in Muscat Governorate, and in Jalan Bani Bu Ali in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate throughout the Eid holidays.

Cover image photo credit: Ministry of Health

Also speaking at the press conference, Oman’s Minister of Health, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Saeedi confirmed that contributions to the COVID-19 relief fund under the auspices of the Ministry of Health have now crossed OMR 28 million.

His Excellency stated that many companies also chose to donate through the purchase of medical equipment, and the distribution of food to stranded workers.

Dr. Al Saeedi also stated that the Supreme Committee will meet on the first working day after the Eid holiday to take a decision regarding employees returning back to work.

(Also read: COVID-19 Live: OMR 20 fine for not wearing face-masks, gatherings now classified as 5+ people who don’t live together.)