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Higher fines for Covid-19 violations

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The authorities have revised the fines for violations of the Supreme Committee decisions, as Oman reported 35 new Covid-related deaths on Sunday.


The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported 3,538 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 188,816. With 35 new reported deaths, the total death toll reached 1,977.


Ninety-five people were hospitalized during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of inpatients in hospitals to 813, including 272 in intensive care units (ICUs).


MoH said ICU patients in Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Dhofar Governorate reported 339 new cases and eight deaths on Sunday.


The total recovery cases reached 168,770, which is 89.3 percent of the total cases reported.


On Sunday, Muscat reported 2,045 cases (10 deaths), of which 460 were from Bausher, 459 from Seeb, and 351 from Muttrah.


Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police and Customs has issued a decision 104/2021, amending some provisions of the decision 151/2020 regarding fines for violating the Supreme Committee decisions.


The fine for not following instructions on home and institutional quarantine has been increased to RO300 from RO200


The fine for commercial shops and private firms for not following SC regulations will include the one-month closure apart from the RO3,000 fine.


The fine for refusal to conduct or re-conduct the Covid-19 test has been increased to RO 300 from RO 200.


The fine for refusal to register in the Tarassud system by those required to do will be RO 300.


Meanwhile, people are dying across the world because they are not being vaccinated against Covid-19. They are not being tested and not being treated, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.


"The situation in India is a devastating reminder of what this virus can do and why we must marshal every tool against it in a comprehensive and integrated approach: public health measures, vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics," he added.


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