Despite life slowly returning to normal, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a cause for concern.
As many as 28 new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the last three days, taking the death toll in the country to 637.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed 795 new cases recorded during the previous three days, taking the total to 84,509. The number of recoveries has also increased to 78,912.
‘The number of recoveries has increased to 78,912 while the number of deaths has reached 637,’ an MoH statement said.
As of Monday, a total of 406 patients were admitted in health institutions while 149 patients are currently in ICU.
Despite Oman having a COVID-19 mortality rate of a little over 0.7 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, recently said, “Even though the death rate in Oman is low, we have to take extra preventive measures. The only way to be safe from the virus is to adhere to preventive measures, particularly social distancing, wearing face masks in public, as well as washing hands frequently.”
Meanwhile, the second phase of the National Serological Survey for the coronavirus is underway. The first phase of the survey which was launched on July 12, surveyed individuals, both citizens and residents of different age groups from different parts of Oman who were selected to participate in the survey.
“The serological survey will take blood samples from both citizens and expatiates in ten weeks. This will help us find out the extent to which this virus has spread among the community. At the same time, if the community immunity is strong, it will help us make certain decisions on reopening schools, colleges, mosques and other facilities,” said Dr Saif al Abri, director general of disease surveillance and control, MoH.
The ministry advises all citizens and residents to wash hands with water and soap frequently, and avoid touching their face, nose, mouth and eyes.