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COVID-19: 404 new cases take Oman’s tally past 5,000

16 May 2020

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Saturday confirmed 404 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the highest daily count so far in Oman .  

Among the newly diagnosed cases 67 were Omanis and 337 expatiates, taking the total to 5,029 out of which 3,382 are expats. The overall number of recoveries in Oman rose to 1,436. 

The death toll too has risen with two deaths announced on Friday of a 43-year-old resident with COVID-19 and a 36-year-old Omani citizen, bringing the total number of deaths to 20. 

With 364 infections, Muscat Governorate accounted for 90 per cent of the new cases on Saturday. While Muttrah notched a high of 157 new cases, Bausher too matched it with similar number of cases. Seeb reported the third highest number of cases at 43.  

MoH 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. 

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. 

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