ICU patients increase by 50% in last 10 days
Of the total 144,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccines received by Oman, 132,493 doses have been administered. On Wednesday, when 2,920 individuals were immunised, H E Dr Ahmed Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, was in talks to procure more vaccines.
The first shipment of 15,600 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Oman on December 24, 2020, the second of 11,700 doses on January 11, 2021, and the third consignment of 17,550 on February 13, 2021, making for 44,850 doses.
Additionally, a gift of 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine came from India on January 30, 2021.
On March 7, H E Dr Sa’eedi informed that through COVAX – the global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines – more than 240,000 doses of different vaccines were scheduled to arrive between mid-March and May. Additionally, Oman is expected to receive 200,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the end of June or early July 2021.
H E Dr Sa’eedi received in his office H E Dmitry Dogadkin, Russian Ambassador to Oman, on Wednesday. They addressed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in the field of health, in addition to vaccine manufacturing efforts and import.
The meeting further underlined mechanisms to deal with the developments related to COVID-19 and international efforts to combat the pandemic.
As a result of the recent spike in infections, intensive care units (ICUs) in the sultanate are witnessing an increase in number of patients.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), 68 patients were hospitalised in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of patients in hospitals to 515, including 156 in ICUs.
The number of ICU patients has increased dramatically – 50 per cent in the last ten days with 161 reported on March 29. On March 22, 104 patients were in ICUs, 128 on March 25, and 145 on March 28.
On Wednesday, MoH reported 1,162 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases registered in the sultanate to 159,218. It also reported nine deaths related to the virus, taking the death toll to 1,676.
A total of 143,966 COVID-19 patients have recovered to date, which is 90.4 per cent of the total number infected.
According to the MoH, the Central Public Health Laboratory performs between 9,000 and 11,000 PCR tests every day, and 87 patients are currently hospitalised in the Field Hospital set up on the site which was earlier Muscat Airport.
The Supreme Committee on Wednesday ordered the suspension of private and international schools’ offline activities, limiting lessons to distance learning. It also suspended official sports activities besides reducing attendance of employees in government offices to 50 per cent.
The decision on schools and government attendance comes into effect from Sunday, April 4. Official sports activities will be suspended from April 1.
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