Oman Airports urges travellers to take precaution

Muscat: Oman Airports has urged passengers to take necessary precautions and follow the safety instructions below when traveling and passing through airports.

Meanwhile, In light of the continued global situation related to the transmission of a novel coronavirus, WHO’s Regional Office continues to work closely with member states in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to ensure that national preparedness and response efforts are accelerated in line with the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).  New cases have also been reported in Australia, France, and Malaysia.  Almost all cases have a history of travel to China.

Though it has not issued any specific additional health measures for travelers, WHO has recommended that to protect against the novel virus and reduce the general risk of its transmission, individuals should avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, wash hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment, and avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.

While no confirmed cases have been reported yet in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. WHO is advising countries to strengthen their preparedness and response capacities. A regional plan to enhance preparedness and operational readiness of countries have been developed using a risk assessment approach. Active entry screening has been established in the majority of the countries in the region, and details on the entry screening measures are being collected.

Health supplies, including thermal scanners, have been procured and prepositioned in WHO’s regional logistics hub in Dubai, and three international reference laboratories for detection have been established, with WHO’s Regional Office coordinating the shipment of the laboratory samples.

WHO’s Regional Office continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation to minimize the risk of novel coronavirus importation into the Region, and to work closely with countries to ensure that potential cases are quickly identified, tested, and responded to.

 

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