Statement No. (5) On Epidemiological Situation of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Statement No. (5) On Epidemiological Situation of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)8/2/2020
Following to the statements issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) regarding the epidemiological situation of the global Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), and the high number of laboratory-confirmed cases in and outside China, the number of recorded cases in China were reached 34,568 cases including 722 deaths, in which 26% of cases required highly health care until February 08, 2020. More than 300 cases of nCoV were reported in 27 countries along with a number of cases unrelated to travel to China and minor cases in other countries.
The Ministry would like to reassure the citizens and residents that no cases of Novel Coronavirus have been recorded in the Sultanate. MOH affirms the readiness of its health institutions to tackle any cases enters the Sultanate through implementing the preparedness plans and activating the procedures that were earlier developed at the government and private health institutions, as well as in the Points of Entry (POE) (air, sea and land) in cooperation the concerned authorities.
The Public Authority of Civil Aviation suspended all civil aviation flights bound for the People's Republic of China as of February 02, 2020.
MOH is enforcing quarantine for those coming from the endemic areas within a period of 14 days from the date of their departure from one of the affected areas and they are daily medically assessed by a specialized team in order to make sure that they do not have any symptoms.
MOH renews its appeal to citizens and residents to avoid traveling to China and the endemic areas only when absolutely necessary and declare their travel destinations to the health authorities in the POE when returning from these areas.
The Ministry also urges all citizens and residents to follow advice and guidance issued by the MOH official media channels regarding the precautionary measures, stressing to not paying attention to rumors, consult the official sources of the Ministry and communicate with the MOH Contact Center at (24441999) for any further information.