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Oman to Lift Internal Travel Restrictions, Reduce Curfew

Oman to Lift Internal Travel Restrictions, Reduce Curfew

Wednesday, 5 August, 2020 - 17:30
Oman will on Saturday lift a domestic ban on travel between provinces. (ONA)

Oman will on Saturday lift a domestic ban on travel between provinces, imposed on July 25 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus during the Eid al-Adha holiday, the state news agency ONA said on Wednesday.


From Saturday it will also reduce its curfew for a week to between 9 pm and 5 am (1700-0100 GMT), instead of 7 pm to 6 am (1500 to 0200 GMT). A full lockdown of the Dhofar province in the south will be maintained until further notice.


Oman, a country of 4.7 million people, has recorded almost 80,000 coronavirus infections and 421 deaths.


It introduced lockdowns in March in some regions such as Muscat, Dhofar, Duqm and some tourist towns. Since April, it has gradually allowed commercial centers to reopen and lifted some lockdowns.


But it tightened measures for the long Eid holiday after infection numbers rose through June.


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