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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI
'We need to work together against Covid-19 as daily cases spike'
Abdullah al Rubai, a senior anchor for English news bulletin on Oman TV
Abdullah al Rubai, a senior anchor for English news bulletin on Oman TV

Social media influencers are not necessarily journalists or media personalities but on Tuesday night when Abdullah al Rubai, one of the senior news anchors at the 7 pm news bulletin in English on the Sultanate of Oman Television shared his thoughts on Covid-19 precautions and it went viral on the social media.


One who likes to end news bulletins on a positive note, Abdullah reminded the viewers about the current situation.


“Don’t forget to follow precautions.


The Instagram post of @omannews continued to rise ahead almost touching 46,000 views with thousands of likes and 30.6 K views on Twitter while writing this report and the clip has been shared by numerous other accounts and in WhatsApp groups.


When asked about the response Abdullah said, “I said what came to my mind because really fighting this virus is a joint responsibility. We have to take precautions and that is not to do so just because there is a rule to wear a mask in public, but we must wear it because we are responsible for ourselves and others.”


“I trust people do understand the seriousness of the situation and the pressure it creates on hospital staff. If the public will take the responsibility to spread awareness it will be the best solution to cut down the number of cases and prevent the transmission of this deadly virus,” he added.


“At times when I go on field trips I have noticed sometimes in the industrial areas such as in Mabela people take it easy - both Omanis and non-Omanis. We have to remember we are not at home and people are coming from different places. We need to be conscious,” he pointed out.


Abdullah al Rubai, who is also from the medical profession and a veteran broadcast journalist, has also been reporting on the pandemic since the beginning on Sultanate of Oman Television and Radio Oman and has had experts as guests during the bulletins. The viral message reached out to other parts of the world too.


He said, “If people realized they could also be in the spot like others who need oxygen support to breathe or understand the fact that they could be a potential cause for their family members, relatives or colleagues, to fall sick, then they will take the precautions seriously.”


The comments on social media appreciated the fact that the message came directly from the heart. As the number of Covid19 cases and deaths continue to increase the only solutions are precautions such as avoiding social gatherings, maintaining distances, frequently washing hands and wearing masks, and taking the vaccination.











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