Oman locks down capital Muscat to contain coronavirus Apr 09, 2020 0 1424 12345 Cairo Oman on Wednesday said it would shut down its capital Muscat in an effort to curb an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country.The lockdown will take effect as of Friday and continue until April 22, the official news agency ONA reported. The measure was ordered by a state committee in charge of drawing up Oman’s response to the rapid-spreading virus, the report said.Health authorities on Wednesday confirmed 48 further cases of the virus, bringing to 419 the total number of infections in the country of around 4.6 million. (DPA) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Afghan government says 100 Taliban prisoners freed Apr 09, 2020 0 396 Virus-hit Iran urges IMF to approve its loan request Apr 09, 2020 0 360 Several killed in tribal conflict in east of Afghanistan Apr 09, 2020 0 217 Syria responsible for 2017 chemical attacks: OPCW AFP The Hague The world’s chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday for the first time explicitly blamed Syria for toxic attacks in the country, saying President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used sarin and chlorine three .. Iran’s president outlines three-phase lifting of COVID-19 lockdown Tehran Iran’s president on Wednesday described how his country will go about lifting coronavirus lockdown measures as the outbreak is slowly brought under control. “Of course we don’t want any more coronavirus .. Iran continues work on nuclear programme despite pandemic Tehran Iran is continuing to develop its nuclear programme even as the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the country, the government said on Wednesday. Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, .. Half-a-million more Zimbabweans now acutely hungry: WFP Harare The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands more people had slipped into the severely-hungry category in Zimbabwe, where over half of the population faces hunger. .. Egypt extends night-time curfew for two weeks to fight coronavirus DPA Cairo Egypt will extend its night-time curfew for another two weeks until April 23, which is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, the prime minister said on Wednesday. Egypt initially imposed the ..