Oman will impose a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am from Sunday until 8 April, as the Persian Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions to curb a rise in coronavirus cases, state media reported Thursday.

Iran PressMiddle East: No movement will be allowed during those times and an evening ban on all commercial activities imposed on 1 March will be extended, they cited a statement by the coronavirus committee as saying.

"To control the spread of the Covid-19 virus, it has been decided to impose a curfew from March 28 to April 8. All the shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and other trading outlets will close from 8 pm to 5 am," the Supreme Committee tackling the COVID-19 pandemic said in a statement carried by the Oman News Agency (ONA).

The Sultanate has for the first time registered more than 85 hospitalized coronavirus patients within 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health. It also saw a ten percent increase in the number of patients in intensive care, bringing total infections to 153,838 and fatalities to 1,650.