Muscat: To protect society against the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, particularly against the new variant, the Supreme Committee has decided to keep land borders of the Sultanate closed for one week, extendable, from today (Monday, 18 January 2021), starting from 6 pm.
The Committee, tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus pandemic, held a follow-up meeting and reviewed the report of the specialised technical team on the new COVID-19 strain as part of its ongoing drive to curb its spread.
A growing rate of lenience has been observed among citizens and individuals in implementing precautionary measures approved by the authorities concerned. It has been noticed that social events drew about large gatherings in tents and other venues, making it possible for the virus to spread among segments of society.
The Supreme Committee reaffirms that the authorities concerned are pressing ahead with catching offenders and imposing fines on those who breach its decisions. The decisions seek to protect society and individuals against the disease and to maintain the level of safety. Earlier, a remarkable decline has been observed in the number of deaths and rates of patients admitted in hospitals and Intensive Care Units.
The Supreme Committee wishes safety for all people against all harms.