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COVID-19 infections, deaths surge

30 Mar 2021

With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing, authorities have said the challenges that the pandemic posses have become greater owing to the unprecedented pressure on health agendas worldwide. On Tuesday, Oman reported 1,173 new cases, after months of recording fewer than 1,000 cases per day. The number of active cases had also risen to 14,658. 

Following the new cases, the Ministry of Health said in a statement that the total now is 158,056. ‘The number of deaths now stands at 1,669 after seven deaths were reported on Tuesday. The number of recoveries is 143,398.’ 

The number of hospital admissions is also increasing. As of Tuesday, a total of 507 patients were admitted in health institutions, including 154 in intensive care. Eighty-eight COVID-19 patients were admitted in the last 24 hours.

Speaking at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development on Tuesday, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said the COVID-19 pandemic has put healthcare systems all over the world in crises. “However, past year’s events have demonstrated that the world is truly interconnected and no country can face these alone,” he said.

H E Dr Sa’eedi added that the pandemic exposed disparities both within countries and between countries. Health systems globally and in the region face an array of challenges because of the growing number of cases as well as the disruption of non-COVID-19 services. The pandemic has challenged capacities and demonstrated the importance of prioritising a coordinated response at national, regional and international levels.

 

H E Dr Sa’eedi noted that the lockdowns that were enforced undoubtedly increased behavioural risks such as physical inactivity and unhealthy diets. 

Additionally, the pandemic has a significant burden on mental health and well-being of health workers as well the population. 

According to the minister, it is time to give due attention to mental health services and ensure continuity of care in this critical domain.

Calling upon all to adhere to the precautionary measures and practise social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, MoH advised 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.

 

Talks with Korea for vaccines

 

Oman is in talks with Korean authorities to obtain AstraZeneca vaccine from the country. H E Dr Ahmed Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, received on Tuesday in his office H E Kim Chang Kyu, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the sultanate.

H E Dr Sa’eedi discussed with H E Kim means of procuring supplies of AstraZeneca vaccine from Korean manufacturing facilities to the sultanate. 

The meeting exchanged cordial conversations and addressed aspects of cooperation between the two friendly countries in the field of health. Developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic were addressed during the meeting.

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