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Oman has lowest COVID-19 recovery rate in GCC

22 Jul 2020

Even though the COVID-19 recovery rate in Oman is significantly higher than the global average, the country has the lowest recovery rate among GCC countries, according to a new research.

An average of 84 per cent of cases have recovered in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman – well above the global figure of 57 per cent, while each GCC member country has also scored well above the global average individually.

Qatar leads the group at 97 per cent, followed by Bahrain 89.2 per cent, Kuwait (84.2 per cent), UAE (86.8 per cent), Saudi Arabia (80.2 per cent) and Oman (66.7 per cent). The figures are the latest from, a community-driven project of more than 460 data scientists, medical professionals and developers monitoring and analysing global trends related to the pandemic.

The website sources data from a range of international media and public agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

In Oman, more than 66 per cent of people diagnosed with COVID-19 have successfully recovered. Of the total 71,574 people who have tested positive in Oman, 47,922 have recovered so far. Active cases in Oman stands at 23,276. 

The recovery rate represents the percentage of a country’s confirmed cases infected by the virus who have made a full recovery. With the global total of confirmed COVID-19 cases now standing at well over 11.7 million, and governments around the world bracing for a second wave of infections, the recovery rate has emerged as an important metric for measuring the effectiveness of countries’ ongoing responses to the pandemic.

The GCC has previously garnered praise from the WHO for its collective early, rapid and robust response to the outbreak. Speed played a major role in preventing the spread of infection thereby ensuring healthcare services were not overwhelmed, resulting in the region’s strong recovery rates.

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