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COVID-19 survey begins to assess psychological impact

24 Oct 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), in cooperation with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), will launch a survey on Sunday on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The survey targets citizens and looks to check their knowledge of the pandemic, its causes, symptoms, and methods of prevention. It will also assess the psychological impact of the pandemic on individuals and families.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, an official at NCSI said that the three-week survey will run till November 12. 

“It is a random survey and it will include about 1,500 people. They will be contacted over the phone and asked about the pandemic.”

He added, “The survey aims to measure the psychological impact of the CVOID-19 pandemic on individuals and families, and impact on communication. It also aims to find out how people live with the virus and their satisfaction with the government’s decisions that have been taken to mitigate the crisis.” 

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, the number of new COVID-19 patients that were recorded on Thursday reached 353.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Committee in charge of developments resulting from the spread of COVID-19 on Wednesday decided to lift the night curfew from Saturday, October 24. 

The Supreme Committee examined reports related to the number of cases infected with the disease, the number of deaths resulting from it, and other epidemiological data in  various governorates of the sultanate and expressed its grave concern over non-compliance of preventive measures by some people.

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