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Further increase in COVID-19 cases

23 Mar 2021 By P CHANDRASEKR

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Tuesday reported 836 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number in Oman to 152,364. Four deaths were reported in this period taking the total number to 1,633.

Those needing hospitalisation is increasing alarmingly as well with 72 being admitted on Monday and 58 on Tuesday, accounting for a total of 364 inpatients, including 105 in intensive care units (ICUs). The number of recoveries is 139,846, which is 92 per cent of the total cases reported.

Considering the fact that a nationwide immunisation programme is currently underway, and more people are being vaccinated, cases and hospitalisation are expected to reduce, said Dr Salem al Tamimi, consultant for pediatrics, immunology and allergies at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital.

“Vaccination against coronavirus will continue until we acquire the required immunity, and then the impact of the disease will be lesser than it is now. Countries that have vaccinated a quarter of their population have witnessed a remarkable decrease in cases,” Dr Tamimi said during an interview with Oman TV.

He explained that there is noticeable awareness on the need to get immunised in the community now, and that demand for vaccination is increasing with the availability of more vaccines. “Today, more than 300mn doses of vaccines have been taken worldwide,” he said on Tuesday.

In Musandam, which started an immunisation drive on Monday targeting all citizens older than 18 years, more than 4,500 individuals have been vaccinated, representing 27 per cent of the targeted group. “The vaccination campaign in Musandam will cover 54 per cent of the governorate’s population. There are more than 1,000 people on the waiting list today (Tuesday) due to high demand,” said Dr Ghanem al Sa’eedi, director general of health services in Musandam.

“There is increasing demand in Musandam from all age groups, especially those in between 20 to 40 years,” he added.

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