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Infection rate on an upswing


Not only is Oman witnessing a record rise in new COVID-19 cases, the number of casualties related to the disease is also on an upswing. The number of new infections almost doubled in three weeks from 25,000 to 47,000, with 104 people losing their lives during this period, while 48 deaths were reported in one week (July 1 to 7). 

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to turn grimmer in Oman with total death cases in the country due to COVID-19 reaching 224.

According to H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary of Ministry of Health, Oman has seen a record rise in COVID-19 cases in recent past. “The number of new cases almost doubled in three weeks from 25,000 to 47,000, while 104 people lost lives during this period; of these, more than half comprised Omanis,” he said in an interview with Oman TV on Monday evening.

H E Dr Hosni said careless behaviour of some people, who ignored health measures, led to the rise in coronavirus cases in the country. “It was found that there was a lack of commitment and carelessness by some people. People have been holding family gatherings and birthdays. There were also cases of affected people mixing with others as well as non-commitment from some institutions to check temperatures of the staff, Dr Hosni said.

“The epidemiological curve has escalated in all governorates of Oman, especially among Omanis. We can not stop this unless we all work together,” he added.

He said that numbers are increasing daily and this is a big concern. “We need to be worried. We are doing our best to reduce the numbers but people have to do their part, too,” he added.

H E Dr Hosni said there is still no vaccine till now. “For now, the only way to be safe from the virus is to adhere to preventive measures, particularly social distancing and wearing a face mask in public and crowded places, as well as washing hands frequently,” he said.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,854 new COVID-19 cases have recovered in Oman in the last 24 hours taking the total of recovered cases to 31,000.


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