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COVID-19 deaths continue to rise, new cases surge

14 Sep 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

The Ministry of Health (MoH) renewed its call to people to wear masks and maintain physical distancing as the number of new COVID-19 cases rose in recent days. Oman reported 476 new cases on Monday, after weeks of recording fewer than 200 cases detected per day.

According to MoH figures, the total number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 is now 790. On Monday alone, 476 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported, taking the total to 90,222.

‘While the number of deaths now stands at 790 after ten deaths were reported on Monday, the number of recoveries has reached to 83,928,’ an MoH statement said. As of Monday, a total of 497 patients were admitted in health institutions, besides 171 patients currently in ICU.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health and member of the Supreme Committee, said that (the infection and mortality rate) figures are fluctuating and beginning to rise again. “Oman is experiencing the first wave. We hope that the new high is provisional, not constant. A second wave of coronavirus is inevitable, but we can avoid it through full commitment to precautionary measures such as wearing face masks and following healthy habits,” he said.

He said that the government is not considering partial or total lockdowns. 

“Any further lockdown that might turn out to be necessary in the future, God forbid, will entail serious losses for the national economy. We are not thinking about another lockdown. We realise that it’ll have a great impact,” H E Dr Sa’eedi said.

MoH advises all citizens and residents to continue washing hands with water and soap, avoid touching the face, nose, mouth, and eyes and follow healthy habits when coughing and sneezing.

 

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