Oman shuts off Muttrah due to coronavirus outbreak

Other areas or wilayats could also be locked down

Oman shuts off Muttrah due to coronavirus outbreak

Oman has shut off Muttrah in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Ministry of Health made the decision to place the area into lockdown after discovering community-based transfer of the infection among people who had neither been abroad nor known to have mixed with infected persons.

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi, Minister of Health, said that more areas may be locked down if they prove to be hotbeds for the virus.

The area will be shut off until further notice, with roads to the area blocked.

Only trucks with food, medical, fuel or other essential supplies will be allowed through.

Oman has already restricted movement between the governorates to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Other precautionary measures have seen the suspension of all flights in and out of Oman, and the closure of all shops except grocery stores, clinics and pharmacies.

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