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Oman reports 424 new COVID-19 cases, 6,794 in total

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The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Friday 424 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 6,794.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, all new cases, including 191 Omanis, are related to community contact.

The statement also said there are a total of 1,821 patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Two new death were reported, bringing the death toll to 32.

The ministry called on people to observe the procedures for quarantine, avoid public places or places of worship, and ensure public hygiene.

(XINHUA)

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Oman requests employees aged 60 in gov’t companies to retire

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The Omani government on Tuesday announced a decision to request the employees aged 60 or above in government companies to retire, in a bid to create more job opportunities.

The decision, announced by the Ministry of Finance, stipulated that all workers in government companies who have reached the age of 60 years must be referred for retirement, as is the practice in other government institutions.

The ministry also called on all government companies to implement the decision, with the aim of accelerating the pace of employment and providing job opportunities to accommodate the Omanis looking for work.

It also aims to regulate some aspects of the labor market and employment policies in all government companies, the Omani news agency ONA reported.

(XINHUA)

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Romania further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

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People walk past reopened terraces of restaurants in Bucharest, Romania, on June 1, 2020. Romania adopted new relaxation measures from June 1, including reopening open-air terraces of restaurants and beaches, lifting the travel restrictions for residents, as well as allowing outdoor shows and sports events. (Photo by Cristian Cristel/Xinhua)

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Palestinian woman makes ice cream rolls at shop

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Palestinian woman Fatima Al-Zatma makes ice cream rolls at her ice cream shop in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, May 31, 2020. (Photo by Khaled Omar/Xinhua)

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Oman reports 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, 11,437 in total

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The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Sunday 1,014 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 11,437.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, all new cases, including 371 Omanis, are related to community contact.

The statement also said 286 patients of COVID-19 had recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 2,682. Seven new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 49.

The ministry called on people to observe the procedures for quarantine, avoid public places or places of worship, and ensure public hygiene.

(XINHUA)

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UNIFIL awards Chinese woman for exceptional role in peacekeeping in S. Lebanon

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The UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) awarded a Chinese female major on Friday for her work to integrate a gender perspective into the military functions, the UNIFIL said in a statement.

UNIFIL Chief Stefano Del Col presented Major Yuan Xin of UNIFIL‘s Chinese contingent with the UN Certificate of Recognition award on behalf of the UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

“I am particularly pleased to recognize the achievements of Maj Xin today in her role in the area of demining, a vital component of operational effectiveness and protection of civilian,” Del Col said.

Del Col made the statement on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers held at the UNIFIL‘s headquarters in Naqoura, which paid tribute to the contribution of uniformed and civilian personnel and honored more than 3,900 peacekeepers who lost their lives serving under the UN flag around the world since 1948.

This year, the UN peacekeeper’s day marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and commemorates the key role of women in peacekeeping.

“I would like to express my great pride for the immense contribution of female peacekeepers at UNIFIL,” said Major General Del Col.

He commended all UNIFIL personnel for their “exceptional service and hard work” in ensuring that the UN Mission continues to carry out its operational activities 24/7 and delivers on its mandate even under “these most trying of circumstances.”

“This year, the challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are even greater than ever. Despite the risk of COVID-19, they are continuing their operations and supporting the governments and the local populations,” he said.

In December 2002, the UN General Assembly designated May 29 as the International Day of UN Peacekeepers in order to pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving in uniform and as civilians in UN peacekeeping operations, and honor the memory of those who have lost their lives for peace.

The global theme of this year’s observance is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace.”

(XINHUA)

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Oman reports 811 new COVID-19 cases, 9,820 in total

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The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Friday 811 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 9,820.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, all new cases, including 315 Omanis, are related to community contact.

The statement also said the total recovered cases rised to 2,177 and the death toll remained 40.

The ministry called on people to observe the procedures for quarantine, avoid public places or places of worship, and ensure public hygiene.

(XINHUA)

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82-year-old woman recovers from coronavirus in Osun

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The Osun Government says an 82-year-old woman recovered from the coronavirus disease in the state, against the belief that elderly people with chronic diseases are the highest risk group.

Dr Rafiu Isamotu, the State Commissioner for Health, confirmed the recovery in a statement on Friday in Osogbo.

Isamotu said that the woman, who was hypertensive, recovered from the virus after receiving treatment for nine days at the isolation and treatment centre, Asubiaro General Hospital, Osogbo.

He said that the woman, a widow, was confirmed positive and admitted into the facility on May 13.

According to him, the octogenarian recovering from COVID-19 beats the odds as elderly people with chronic diseases are the highest risk group because, most of the time, they are unable to recover from the disease.

He explained that the patient, who contracted the disease while in contact with an infected person, showed no symptoms of the virus before her sample was collected, except for diarrhoea.

“The story of the 82-year-old widow provides a glimmer of hope, considering that she is a hypertensive patient on medication.

“Although, when she arrived at our isolation centre on the May 13, she had no cough, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, fever or anosmia associated with the virus, except for diarrhoea.

“We successfully treated her for it and she was stable all through the period of hospitalisation.

“On her 9th day of admission, we carried out a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on her and the result came back negative and she was subsequently discharged on the May 24.

“Furthermore, a follow-up at her home after her discharge revealed that she was stable,’’ Isamotu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osun, as at Thursday, May 28 has recorded 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 35 of them treated and discharged, five currently receiving treatment at the isolation centre and four deaths according to data from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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IPMAN, MOMAN laud Buhari’s performance in petroleum sector

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The Independent Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) on Friday lauded the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the petroleum sector.

The oil marketers made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos while appraising the performance of Buhari as the president marks his fifth year in office.

IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, told NAN that the president had performed well as far as the oil and gas sector was concerned.

Okoronkwo said: “I think the sector has enjoyed relative stability under this government, especially in the area of supply and availability of petroleum products across the country.

”The government has also helped in restoring sanity to the distribution process by curbing smuggling of fuel outside the country.

“Even during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has been working with oil marketers and depots to ensure that Nigerians continue to enjoy stable supply of products.”

He said the removal of fuel subsidy by the government would open up the sector for more investors to come into the downstream sector.

“I think people can now begin to think of refining products locally through setting up of modular refineries.

”By so doing, the pressure on foreign exchange will reduce while job opportunities will be created for Nigerians.

So, I think the performance so far has been very good, especially in our sector, ” Okoronkwo added.

Also speaking, Mr Adetunji Oyebanji, Chairman of MOMAN, said the president had tried his best to stabilise the sector inspite of the myriads of challenges.

Oyebanji said: “I will say the government has done well because for instance, Buhari administration inherited all these subsidy debts and even though they did not pay cash, they made an effort to clear the debts.

”They listen to us and we give inputs to various policies but the main issue is that government needs to play more of a monitoring role in the sector going forward rather than being an active player and at the same time a regulator.”

He explained that a fresh direction was needed by the government in the energy industry to make it wholly private sector-driven.

“I think the challenge is the fear that if you leave the private sector they will do things to the extreme but what we need to do is to put in place appropriate structures to monitor what is happening.

”Those agencies too should be populated with people who have private sector background and understanding of the peculiarities of the sector,” he said.

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Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Romania to allow outdoor sports events from June 1

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Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced late Thursday a series of relaxation measures from June 1, including allowing outdoor sports events without spectators.

According to a governmental decision signed by the prime minister, the relaxation measures related to sports include allowing sports competitions to be held in the open air and professional water athletes to compete even in indoor pools.

However, the above relaxation measures are not applicable to sports games with physical contact. In addition, all the competitions are to run without audience and epidemic prevention requirements must be observed.

According to the decision, indoor training for professional athletes must ensure a space of seven square meters per person.

Romania entered in the state of alert on May 15, after the end of a two-month higher-level state of emergency. According to the first phase of relaxation measures implemented at the time, professional athletes can resume training in fully enclosed camps, with a medical certificate confirming a negative test for COVID-19.

Romania’s national and Olympic teams had to stop their centralized preparations in mid-March when the Ministry of Youth and Sports ordered to suspend all sports training and competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Romania reported its first COVID-19 case on Feb. 26. The epidemic in the country is still at the plateau, with 197 new cases confirmed in the latest 24 hours.

(XINHUA)

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