Muscat: The Ministry of Health revealed on Wednesday that the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units in the Sultanate reached 329, while the number of inpatients in health institutions reached 1,021, which is the highest for a single disease in the country.
For the past 24 hours, the Sultanate recorded 14 new deaths and 1,931 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases registered in the Sultanate to 228,579, and deaths to 2248.
The ministry called on everyone to assume individual and societal responsibility and to fully adhere to the precautionary measures, especially wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and constantly cleaning hands with soap and water or using an approved alcohol sanitiser, avoiding touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes, and following healthy habits when sneezing and coughing.
Dr Faryal Ali al Lawati, Senior Consultant of the Infectious Diseases Unit, said, “It is known that covid causes clots, but this wave causes many clots as we have seen in many patients admitted to hospitals. Indicators are worrying, and I expect the numbers to rise in the coming weeks. This rise is a result of gatherings during Eid holidays and due to the opening of activities.”
She also added: “Some may rule out infection with Covid after taking the vaccine. So they are negligent in wearing a mask and taking precautionary measures. However, this is not true. We need to continue to adhere to these procedures, at least until the target percentage is vaccinated, maybe three months from now.”
Dr Al Lawati asserted that the increase in numbers is causing a burden on the health sector. Although the ministry has increased the capacity of rooms to receive Covid patients, this affects other services.