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COVID-19 hospitalisations drop

21 Dec 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

As Oman awaits the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to arrive on December 30, new hospital admissions have dropped to less than 100 for the first time since May. 

‘There are currently a total of 95 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, including four new hospital admissions in the last 24 hours,’ the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Monday. Of the total number of patients in hospitals, 40 are in ICUs.

The MoH announced 264 new cases on Monday, taking the total to 127,931. There was one death and 171 recoveries in this period. ‘The number of recoveries has increased to 119,745, while the number of deaths has reached 1,489,’ an MoH statement said.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread worldwide, the recovery rate in Oman has been encouraging, currently standing at 93.6 per cent with 6,793 active cases. 

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, has reiterated that the number of infections in the sultanate has declined since mid-October due to a number of factors, including public cooperation in implementing precautionary measures. However, infections can spike again if commitment to preventive measures is relaxed.

“The re-opening of more activities does not mean it’s business as usual. The risk is still high and we hope the Supreme Committee is not compelled to impose a lockdown again,” he said. 

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

 

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