Oman ends coronavirus night curfew

The country has recorded more than 200,000 Covid-19 cases since the outbreak began, data says

Oman's capital Muscat at night. The country will lift its coronavirus curfew but will ban overnight trading. Titus Varughese for The National
Oman's capital Muscat at night. The country will lift its coronavirus curfew but will ban overnight trading. Titus Varughese for The National

Oman will end a nightly curfew on Saturday designed to curb the spread of Covid-19, but shops will be closed and commercial activities banned from 8pm until 4am, the Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus said.

The Gulf state banned the movement of people and vehicles between 7pm and 4am on May 8, and also banned commercial activity during the day, which will now be permitted.

New daily cases of the virus have risen in Oman since the start of the year, but in recent weeks have begun to fall.

The latest wave of the virus appeared to peak in April, when Oman's seven-day average of new daily cases rose above 1,250.

By Wednesday that number had fallen below 600 for the first time since March 22, in a sign that the country's preventative measures were working.

Oman has recorded more than 200,000 Covid-19 cases since the outbreak began, with 2,148 people dying from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Published: May 13, 2021 06:03 PM

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