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COVID-19 takes 1,000 lives

7 Oct 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

The situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic is turning grimmer in Oman with the number of deaths reaching 1,000 after ten more patients succumbed to the virus on Wednesday even as the Ministry of Health (MoH) raised an urgent call for more caution.

According to data available on Tarassud+, MoH’s coronavirus monitoring app, Oman is now second only to Saudi Arabia among GCC countries in the number of COVID-19 deaths. 

Saudi Arabia is at the top of the table with 4,923 deaths. 

In Oman, the first death was reported on March 31, 2020.  Kuwait has recorded 632 deaths, United Arab Emirates  435, Bahrain 263 and Qatar 218 deaths. 

A total of 743 Omanis and 257 expatriates have succumbed to COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Of the 1,000 dead, 732 were male and 268 female; 388 were in the 15-59 age group and 612 were older than 60.

On Wednesday, MoH confirmed 817 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the total to 103,465 while the number of those who have recovered increased by 54. 

‘The number of recoveries has increased to 91,329, while the number of deaths has reached 1,000,’ an MoH statement said. 

As of Wednesday, a total of 554 patients were admitted in health institutions, including 211 patients in ICUs.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said on Wednesday that ICUs in Oman are overwhelmed.

“Intensive care unit rooms are close to full,” he said.

He stressed the importance of adhering to social distancing and taking precautionary measures to relieve pressure on health institutions and limit the spread of COVID-19. 

“Cases are increasing; the responsibility should be collective. There is a need for all to abide by social distancing and make it a point to wear face masks,” H E Dr Sa’eedi said.

According to statistics, Muscat recorded the highest number of deaths (335), followed by North Batinah (226), South Batinah (133), Dhofar (75), South Sharqiyah (75), Dakhliyah (73), North Sharqiyah (32), Dhahirah (23), Buraimi (18), Al Wusta (9) and Musandam (1).

As of Wednesday, recovery rate in Oman was 88.2 per cent, which has also gone down since August. The current number of active cases in Oman is 11,136.

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