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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI
Mutated variants of coronavirus recorded in Oman
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Muscat: The number of Covid infections has recently increased alarmingly in Oman due to the emergence of mutated strains of the virus originated in India, Britain, South Africa, among others.


Talking to Oman TV, Dr. Muhammad bin Saeed al Toobi, a medical laboratory specialist, said that at the global level, an increase in coronavirus infections has been observed and that one of the reasons for the increase is the spread of mutated strains.


He said in an interview with Oman TV that the Sultanate has been monitoring the presence of the mutated Indian strain, which is rapidly transmitted between people, stressing the need to follow the instructions of the Supreme Committee and not to be in large gatherings because the less the spread, the less ability of the virus to mutate.


The main reason for the increase in the number of people infected with Covid in some countries is the ability of these new strains to spread, which reaches 60%. In the Sultanate, the Ministry of Health monitored the Indian, British and South African strains of Corona, which have the ability to quickly spread.


He said that nearly 2 million examinations have been conducted since the start of the pandemic, and daily about 10,000 examinations are recorded across the Sultanate, adding that the positive rate of infection in these examinations is between 20.26 percent.


There are instances that children have been infected with the virus and they did not show any severe symptoms, but after a while, they had a respiratory illness syndrome that led to an abnormal response in the immune system.


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