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Peak of COVID-19 by April end, expect 500 infections a day: MoH

16 Apr 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Oman is expecting to witness the peak of COVID-19 infections between April 23 to 30 with around 500 infections a day, 150 of which may require intensive care, according to the Minister of Health. 

Speaking to reporters during a virtual press conference to talk about the the latest updates of COVID-19 in Oman on Thursday, H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi, Minister of Health, said, “As of today, 1,019 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, out of those 635 have been reported among expats,” he said. 
The minister added that total number of patients in hospitals has reached 23, including seven in ICU. “The mortality rate of COVID19 in the sultanate is 0.04%. While vaccine for the virus is not expected before nine months from now,” he said.  
Of the four death cases, the minister said that two were Omanis, aged 72, while the other two were expatriates aged less than 50. He added that the number of cases are still on the rise. “We must continue the precautionary measures,” he said. 
On the cost of COVID-19 treatment and tests, Dr Saeedi said it depends on the conditions. “For those in ICU, the cost can be RO1000 per day. As for tests, it costs between RO20 to RO50,” he said.

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