Oman: Wedding party held violating coronavirus guidelines

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A wedding party attended by 150 people was held in a governorate, in defiance of a ban on gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19, Dr Ahmad Al Saidi, Oman’s Minister of Health, said in a press briefing on Thursday.

“No one reported them, but a few days later, an 18-year-old girl came to the health centre with symptoms of the COVID-19 disease. Upon investigation, it was discovered that there was a wedding that many attended,” Al Saidi said.

The minister urged members of the public to report on violators and said everyone should be committed to the national and religious duty.

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It was not immediately known whether the bride, the groom, families and guests of the party were tested for the virus or not.

Oman Thursday registered 322 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing to 4,341 the country’s overall infections.

The newly diagnosed cases include 80 Omanis and 242 foreigners, the ministry said without giving a breakdown of foreign patients’ nationalities.

The ministry reported one new COVID-19 fatalities of a 31-year old expat, raising the death toll in Oman to 18.

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The total number of recoveries in the country has increased by 14 to reach 1,303, according to the ministry.

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