Muscat: The Sultanate recorded another ‘undesirable” milestone close on the heels of reporting over 100,000 confirmed cases this week.
On Wednesday, with the reporting of 10 more deaths, the number of COVID-19 related deaths touched 1,000.
Oman has now become the second country in the GCC to report 1,000 deaths after Saudi Arabia, which leads the regional table with 4,923 victims.
Expressing concern over the issue, Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi, Minister of Health, on Wednesday, said that any decision taken by the Supreme Committee is based on the prevailing situation as per the epidemiological situation, and is subject to review again by the Supreme Committee.
He said that the decision on reopening of schools was taken by the Supreme Committee and it will decide if it needs to be reviewed.
The minister said the controlling the infection is not only the responsibility of the government, but that of each and every member of the population as social gatherings continue to take place.
It may be noted that the first death in Oman was that of a 72-year-old citizen on March 31, followed by another citizen on April 4.
The third death was that of an expatriate from Muscat on April 10, while the fourth one was on April 12, a 37-year-old expatriate from the capital.
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), a total of 734 Omanis succumbed to the virus, of which the age group of 70-79 saw maximum deaths, followed by the age group of 80+, 60-69, 50-59, 40-49, 30-39, 20 29, and under 20.
Among 256 expatriate deaths reported in Oman, the vulnerable group has been in the age group 40-49 followed by 50-59 and 60-69.
Also, 726 men lost their lives compared to 264 women in the Sultanate, which included a nurse and doctor (both expatriates).
The ministry on Wednesday announced 817 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to103,465, while the number of recoveries stood at 91,329, which is 88.2 per cent of the cases reported.
The ministry also pointed out that 57 cases were hospitalised over the past 24 hours, adding that the total number of infected patients in hospitals stand at 554, of which 211 are in intensive care units (ICUs).