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755 lives lost in June

30 Jun 2021

51,321 COVID-19 cases were reported in June, compared to the earlier monthly high of 39,089 in July 2020

A spike in COVID-19 infections in the sultanate led to more than 750 deaths in June taking the total number of deaths to 3,100. A total of 755 deaths were reported last month – averaging25 deaths per day – making it the deadliest month since the outbreak of the pandemic in Oman.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced 44 deaths and 2,009 new cases on Wednesday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 268,547 of which 234,861 have recovered.

Hospitalisations too are on the rise with MoH reporting  1,597 inpatients on Wednesday, including 519 in intensive care. The healthcare system is buckling under pressure of the rising number of people needing medical care.

According to Ibrahim al Maimani, data analyst, the death toll in June surpassed the earlier monthly high of 344  – averaging 11.5 deaths per day – witnessed in April this year. 

A total of 51,321 cases were registered in June, compared to the previous monthly high of 39,089 in July 2020.   

“The number of hospitalisations has gone up by 98 per cent. There were 808 inpatients at the end of May, which when compared to the latest figure is an increase of 789 cases,” Maimani added.

The number of patients in intensive care has also doubled since May when 247 were in ICUs. “This has now gone up by 272 cases, or increased by 110 per cent.”

H E Dr Ahmed Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said last week that the health sector in the sultanate is getting drained due to the current wave of COVID-19, which he observed is “considered the worst since the outbreak of the pandemic”. 

“Yet, extensive efforts have been undertaken in the health sector, with medical personnel working for 18 months everyday without a break,” he said.

“Encouraging people to follow the procedures that protect them from the virus is our Islamic, national and professional duty. Most mortalities due to COVID-19 in April were of people under 60 years who refused to take the vaccine. The Supreme Committee will address the concerns of some of those who refuse to take the vaccine,” he added.

“Oxygen equipment production units have a capacity to meet our needs,” he said, refuting  claims of shortage of ventilation machines. There are 1,144 ventilation apparatuses in the sultanate that cover all needs.

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