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Oman drops all COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandate

Authorities were careful not to declare the country's health crisis officially over, still urging citizens to isolate if they experience symptoms of COVID-19.

Vani Mehrotra Edited by: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: May 23, 2022 7:10 IST
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Oman drops all remaining coronavirus restrictions

Highlights

  • The Oman government has said the public no longer needs to adhere to a litany of health precautions
  • Mask-wearing in public places and avoiding large crowds are no longer on check
  • The sultanate is logging some 20 virus cases a day, down from over 1,000 a day earlier

More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the sultanate of Oman on Sunday announced an end to its mask mandate and remaining coronavirus curbs. 

Due to the country's steady decline in coronavirus infections and hospitalisations, the government said the public no longer needs to adhere to a litany of health precautions, including mask-wearing in public places and avoiding large crowds.

Authorities were careful not to declare the country's health crisis officially over, still urging citizens to isolate if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 and to take a booster shot if they hadn't already.

However, the scrapping of all restrictions brings normalcy back to Oman as the rest of its Gulf Arab neighbours see the virus similarly recede.

COVID-19 situation in Oman

The sultanate is logging some 20 virus cases a day, down from over 1,000 a day earlier this year as the highly transmissible omicron variant fueled a winter surge.

Oman's inoculation campaign has now overcome initial vaccine skepticism and rapidly accelerated, with 135 doses administered for every 100 people, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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