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COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations drop significantly

6 Nov 2021 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

Muscat – Oman’s efforts to bring down COVID-19 infection rates and hospital admissions through vaccination seems to be working given the drop in new infections and health institution admissions, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) statistics of the past few months.

In July, there were over 14,441 people sick with COVID-19, compared to only 518 active cases as on Thursday. Similarly, there were more than 700 patients admitted to hospitals then with COVID-19, while only six were reported to be in hospitals as on Thursday.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, has stated that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign has played a significant role in bringing down the rate of hospitalisation in the sultanate.

On Thursday, only 11 new cases of COVID-19 were registered and no deaths were reported. This brings the total number of positive cases to 304,329 in Oman.

‘The total number of COVID-19-related deaths reached 4,112 and as many as 299,699 have recovered. Out of the total hospitalisations, three are in intensive care units,’ an MoH statement said.

Even as over 2.5mn or more than 60 per cent of the target group have been fully vaccinated in Oman, public health authorities have warned against slacking preventive measures.

“We hope that soon everyone will be vaccinated and we will reach the point of herd immunity, which will stop the transmission of infection and control the disease,” Dr Sulaiman al Shereiqi, senior specialist of public health in the Ministry of Heath told Muscat Daily.

“But we must bear in mind that such viruses are known to mutate and reappear in new forms hence we still need to be careful,” he added.
Recently, the Supreme Committee tasked with dealing with the impact of COVID-19 approved vaccination of five-to-11 year old children starting this month.

Vaccination from OCEC shifted to health centres

Muscat – The Ministry of Health has closed its vaccination centre at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), starting inoculation in wilayats at respective health centres from Sunday.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services, Governorate of Muscat, expats will be given COVID-19 vaccines at Sablat Muttrah (wilayat Muttrah) and the Medical Fitness Examination Centre at Al Sharadi, Seeb, between 8am and 2pm.

Omani nationals can visit Al Jamie Health Centre in the wilayat of Seeb, Al Khuwair North Health Centre in Bausher, Ruwi Health Centre in Muttrah, Muscat Health Centre in Muscat and Amerat Health Centre in Amerat, from 8am to 8pm, and Al Sahel Health Centre in Quriyat from 8am to 2pm.

Appointments can be booked through: moh.gov.om.covid19

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