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Oman has not reached COVID-19 peak: MoH

20 May 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

The COVID-19 curve in the sultanate continues to move upward, though slowly, and the peak has not been reached, according to H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health.

Talking to Oman TV on Tuesday, Dr Hosni, said that the epidemiological situation is considered to be normal. “Social distancing is the only way to prevent infection from the disease, at least in the short term,” he said.

According to MoH projections, in the extreme case scenario, the number of daily positive cases will peak at 1,500 cases, of which 500 will need to be hospitalised, with 150 likely to need intensive care.

“As many as 72,000 coronavirus tests have now been carried out. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals stands at 111 cases, including 33 in intensive care, of whom 30 patients have been put on ventilators,” Dr Hosni said, adding, “83 per cent of those infected with COVID-19 in Oman are in the age group 15-50 years old.”

The infection curve’s upward movement has been slow thanks to restrictive measures. The peak of the pandemic is the period when a country records the highest number of COVID-19 cases. According to the indicators, social and physical distancing measures were more effective among Omanis than residents.

But, with the upcoming Eid holidays, things may turn around if people do not adhere to the decisions by the Supreme Committee dealing with COVID-19. However, ROP is on alert to crack a whip. ‘The types of gatherings prohibited during the Eid period include, Eid habtas, Eid prayers, family visits and traditional group celebrations. ROP will not hesitate to act if any cases of this sort are reported,’ ROP said.

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