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COVID-19: 140 new cases, 16 deaths

17 Aug 2020

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Monday confirmed 140 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the total to 83,226. The number of deaths reported on Monday was 16. 

‘The number of recoveries went up by 132 to 77,812, while the number of deaths has reached 588,’ an MoH statement said. As of Monday, a total of 460 patients were admitted in health institutions, 54 in the last 24 hours, while 150 patients were currently in ICU.  

The death rate is slowly creeping up from earlier 0.5% to the current 0.7%. In the last ten days itself (August 8-17), 79 casualties related to COVID-19 have been registered. The death toll so far this month was one hundred.  

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 healthy habits when coughing and sneezing.

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