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Oman reports first Covid-19 death

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Muscat: Oman has officially reported its first coronavirus-related death in the country, that of a 72-year-old Omani citizen, state TV said on Twitter.

The Health Ministry reported 13 new cases, taking its overall infections to 192, adding that 34 cases have recovered.

Authorities have taken a number of measures to limit exposure and curb the spread of the virus in the country such as suspending flights, stopping the issuance of tourist visas and all sporting events as well as banning the entry of tourist vessels to the Sultanate's ports.

Oman has also banned public gatherings and halted all publications as part of the precautions.

Health Minister Dr Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi, said his country could take tougher measures adding that Oman has not yet decided to impose a curfew, although there are stringent measures issued by the Higher Committee including reducing the number of workers in the government sector to 70 per cent.

"In our future meetings, we may take more stringent decisions,” Dr Al Saidi concluded.