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2000 daily COVID-19 tests, total over 29,000 : MoH

23 Apr 2020

Oman is currently conducting more than 2000 tests daily for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of Health (MoH) till date has conducted over 29,000 tests in total.  

Dr. Saif bin Salim al Abri, Director General of Diseases Surveillance and Control, Ministry of Health (MoH) during the press conference on Wednesday said that it is not possible to predict the end of the pandemic, and the coronavirus may continue to be present among the society for a long time.  “We have conducted 

about 29,000 exams so far at the national level. We are conducting over 2000 test daily,” Dr Abri said.    

“Of the total cases, 71% have been spread through community transfer,” he added.  

The ministry has stepped up its testing and screening procedures by opening news centres. “The daily examination and screening process is only for people who have symptoms. We do not check people who do not show symptoms, as the test does not detect the disease during the incubation period,” Dr Abri said.

He added that the nature of isolation for the infected, whether domestic or institutional, is determined by the severity of infection. 

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