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175 cases: A new high for COVID-19 pandemic in Oman

10 May 2020

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Sunday confirmed 175 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases to 3,399, including 17 deaths.  

This is by far the highest single-day count for the COVID-19 cases in Oman. The previous high was 168, recorded on May 6.  

While Muscat Governorate continues to be the hotspot for new cases with 133 recorded on Sunday, wilayat Muttrah is leading the spread with more than half of Oman’s total COVID-19 cases. On Sunday, Muttrah reported  75 new cases, followed by 33 in Seeb and 23 in Bausher.  

The newly diagnosed cases include 52 Omanis and 123 expatiates, MoH said. The overall number of recoveries in Oman rose by 49, from 1068 on Saturday to 1,117 on Sunday. 

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, had said that predictions forecast the continuation of the pandemic for months, if not years. “Countries have a great responsibility to study ways of bringing things back to normal,” he said. 

MoH advises all citizens and residents to keep on washing hands with water and soap, avoiding touching the face, nose, mouth, and eyes and following the healthy habits when coughing and sneezing. 

MoH also calls upon all to adhere to the isolation procedures by staying in an isolated room with an attached toilet and serving the isolated person from outside the room as instructed. It said that social distancing also helps curb the spread of the virus. 

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