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Call for caution as 12 cases suspected to be Omicron

15 Dec 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Following confirmation of two cases of Omicron in Oman on Monday, the Minister of Health has informed that there are 12 more suspected cases of the variant in the sultanate.

In an interview to Oman TV on Tuesday, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said, “The Supreme Committee’s continuous follow-up on the latest developments regarding COVID-19 indicate that there are 12 suspected cases of Omicron in Oman.”

Citing reports from South Africa, H E Dr Sa’eedi said, “There’s indication that the Omicron variant is less virulent than others, but what is worrying about this virus is the speed of its spread.”

On the recent rise in cases, he said, “Cases are slowly rising in ICUs. This rise is not due to Omicron but failure to follow safety measures. We call on citizens and residents to adhere to the precautionary measures and get vaccinated.”

H E Dr Sa’eedi informed that the third dose of vaccine will give more protection from the virus. “Those who have received two doses and it’s been 6-8 months since the last dose can take the third dose,” he said.

The minister added that 86 per cent of the target population has so far received two doses. “There is no excuse for anyone older than 12 to not get vaccinated. Vaccination protects us all.”

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced 20 new cases, taking the total number of positive cases in Oman to 304,761. No new related deaths were reported.

‘The total number of COVID-19-related deaths stands at 4,113. Three patients recovered in a 24 hour-period on Wednesday, accounting for a total of 300,114 recoveries. A total of ten patients are currently in health institutions, including three in intensive care units,’ MoH stated on Wednesday.

Globally, the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to more than 271.4mn and 5.3mn deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University of America.

The United States topped the list of countries in the number of deaths due to the virus with 800,343 dead, and a total of 50,233,338 positive cases. Brazil is second with 616,970 deaths and 22,195,775 positive cases, and India third with 475,888 deaths and 3,4,703,644 cases.

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