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COVID-19 outbreak: Majority of those in ICU are expats

9 Apr 2020

Only 33 coronavirus patients undergoing treatment in hospitals; rest in home or institutional quarantine

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Thursday announced the registration of 38 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected cases in the sultanate to 457, including two deaths.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said that the majority of the patients admitted in the ICU at The Royal Hospital and Al Nahdha Hospital are expatriates. Of the total cases admitted in the sultanate, only 33 are undergoing treatment in hospitals.

All others are under institutional or home quarantine, he said. “A majority of those admitted in ICU at The Royal Hospital and the Al Nahdha Hospital are expatriates,” H E Dr Sa’eedi, said on Thursday while speaking to reporters via Zoom video conference.

He said that as per the directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the government will provide free treatment to all communities and inpatients with COVID-19 at The Royal Hospital.

“We are yet to reach the peak of infections and it is clear that the spread of COVID-19 in the sultanate is on the rise. Several cases have also been recorded among students returning from abroad as well as those who have come in contact with them. However, the mortality rate in Oman is less compared to other countries. There are 109 COVID-19 patients who have recovered completely in Oman. The challenge to control the spread of the infection among expatriates is that most of them especially blue-collar workers live in groups in single houses.”

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