The French embassy in Muscat has thanked Omani doctors who chose to stay in France to help with the coronavirus outbreak.
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Residents on the programme commit to the same training as their French counterparts and are expected to bring their skills back to the Omani medical system.
‘At the time of the COVID-19 crisis, the vast majority of these Omani doctors made the choice to stay in France, in hospitals, alongside their French colleagues to fight the disease and save lives,” a statement from the French embassy in Muscat read.
“A big thank you to our Omani friends who show solidarity and courage with the French people.’
France has over 83,000 cases of coronavirus, and over 6,500 have died, but there is cause for hope- 14,000 people have recovered from the virus.
In Oman, the numbers are much smaller, reflecting the difference in population size.
On Saturday Oman confirmed 25 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 227. A 72-year-old man is Oman’s only death from the virus, and 61 people have recovered, the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed.
France and Oman have enjoyed good relations since the mid-17th Century, when French vessels stopped in the Port of Muscat en route to India and the Arab Gulf.
A shared love of culture between late Sultan Qaboos bin Said and various French leaders has led to various exchanges, most notably Sultan Qaboos’ 2012 role in financing the Islamic section of the Louvre Museum.
Muscat also features the Omani-French Museum, located close to Al Alam Palace.
In fear of becoming the next centre of the crisis like neighbour Italy, France imposed a nationwide lockdown with accompanying fines for rule breakers. Drones and police monitor streets and beaches for those flouting the guidelines.
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