First lady makes debut appearance on Omani women’s day

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Dr. Fatima Mohammed Al-Ajmi receives her medal from Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah. (Supplied)
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Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah at Seeb Palace. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 October 2020

First lady makes debut appearance on Omani women’s day

LONDON: Oman’s first lady made her first appearance on Saturday when she bestowed royal awards to a number of women on the country’s women’s day.
Ahad bint Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Busaidiyah hosted a ceremony at the Seeb Palace during which she awarded the Royal Commendation Medal to several women.


Among the recipients of the award was the Omani Ministry of Health’s Undersecretary for Administrative, Financial, and Planning Affairs Dr. Fatima Mohammed Al-Ajmi.


Iran reports COVID-19 death every five minutes, hospitals struggle

Updated 19 min 58 sec ago

Iran reports COVID-19 death every five minutes, hospitals struggle

  • Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran’s official coronavirus tolls

DUBAI: Hospitals in many Iranian provinces are running out of capacity to handle COVID-19 cases, health authorities say, with novel coronavirus now killing around 300 people a day or one person every five minutes.

Authorities have complained of poor social distancing, and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said the pandemic could cause 600 daily deaths in coming weeks if Iranians failed to respect health protocols in the Middle East’s hardest-affected country.

A caption that ran on state television news said an Iranian died of novel coronavirus every five minutes, a rate that corresponds to daily death tallies reported by the authorities of just above or below 300 over the past 20 days.

Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV on Sunday that 32,616 people had died of the disease and the number of confirmed cases had reached 568,896.

Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran’s official coronavirus tolls. A report by the Iranian parliament’s research center in April suggested that the coronavirus tolls might be almost twice as many as those announced by the health ministry.

The report said that Iran’s official coronavirus figures were based only on the number of deaths in hospitals and those who had already tested positive for the coronavirus.

Schools, mosques, shops, restaurants and other public institutions in Tehran have been closed since Oct. 3. As COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to hit record levels, the closure was extended until Nov. 20, state TV reported.

Officials said “extreme measures and limitations” will be imposed in at least 43 counties across the country for one week, where the infection rates have been alarming. TV reported that 21 one of Iran’s 31 provinces were on a coronavirus red alert.

Iran has blamed US sanctions for hampering Tehran’s efforts to tackle the outbreak. Washington, accusing Iran of “incompetent and deadly governance,” has refused to lift sanctions that were reimposed after 2018 when Trump exited Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six powers.