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Oman yet to reach peak of COVID-19; out of 1,716 cases, 39 in hospitals, nine in ICU

23 Apr 2020

Out of 1,716 cases of COVID-19 cases in Oman, only 39 patients are in hospitals and nine are in intensive care. While 6,807 people have put under isolated till date. 

Speaking to the media via video conference on Thursday, Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary of Ministry of Health (MoH), said, “Out of 1,716 cases of COVID-19 cases, only 39 are in hospitals and nine are in ICU.” 

He said that expatiates still form the big percentage of the total. “Of the total cases, 63 per cent of patients are expats and 37 per cent are Omanis,” he said. 

On whether Oman is yet to reach peak in COVID-19 cases, Dr Hosni said, “We have not yet reached the peak. It may take another 40 days to reach there,” he said. 

“We are currently conducting more than 2000 test daily. However, the percentage of confirmed cases among the tested does not exceed 5%.”  

Speaking about the shipment of one million hydroxycholoquine tablets, Dr Hosni said, that the medication is already in the MoH storages and has been used previously for patients as a supportive treatment.

“However, there are no guarantees or promises as to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as global authorities continue to work towards the production of a vaccine or medication specific to COVID-19,” he said. 

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