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Covid cases rise amid fears of tough restrictions

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The number of Covid-19 cases in the Sultanate of Oman continues to rise as the Ministry of Health reported 6,146 new infections and 14 deaths during the past three days.


It stated that the number of admissions during the past 24 hours stood at 87, taking the total admitted patients in health institutions to 373, while the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units reached 60.


The total number of Covid-19 cases registered in the Sultanate of Oman stood at 346,041, and the total deaths amounted to 4,172. The total number of people recovered from the disease reached 325,860.


The ministry, in a statement, called upon everyone to strictly adhere to the isolation procedures in a separate room and a separate toilet for those affected with the virus, and that the person in isolation should be served from outside the room, said the statement.


It also called upon citizens and residents to constantly clean hands with soap and water, avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes, follow healthy habits when sneezing and coughing, and strictly adhere to instructions on social and physical distancing issued by the Supreme Committee and the Ministry of Health, including not to leave home unless necessary.


Commenting on the rise in cases, Ibrahim al Maimani, a statistical analyst, said that there is an increase in the number of people admitted in hospitals to 28, and an increase in the number of intensive care cases by 4, describing the daily figures of patients and deaths reported by the ministry as “high”.


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He said: "We detected Omicron mutant two months ago. At first, the infections were few, but they started increasing by hundreds, then to thousands. We reached the highest number of infections on February 1, which was 2,828 cases in 24 hours, but there was optimism last week as numbers decreased. Unfortunately, statistics on Sunday showed daily report of cases at a rate of 2,000 to 2,500 every day during the last three days.”


About the peak, he said: "According to infections curve, we can identify the peak when we start to gradually descend. This week, the picture will become clear and that will be figured out.”


“There is a rise and decrease in cases in the Gulf countries, and we are part of the Gulf. So we have the same fluctuation. We have a fluctuating situation, especially in the last two weeks. But we are still in a worrying situation when we look at deaths, as we have recorded 26 deaths in the last six days compared to the last whole month, during which 30 deaths were recorded.”


"The situation is not as serious as some people believe. Symptoms are apparently lighter than Delta mutant,” he explained, foreseeing no stricter measures by the Supreme Committee which is expected to announce new precautions any time after this rise.


Meanwhile, the ministry said that immunisation with a single-shot in the country reached 94 per cent, while 87 per cent got double shots.


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