Muscat and Al Wusta top in COVID-19 cases

Muscat: The governorates of Muscat and Al Wusta have recorded the highest rate of COVID-19 cases, said the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.

Quoting from the results of the first phase of the National Serological Survey, the ministry said the two governorates registered 9.2 per cent cases each, followed by Al Buraimi with 7.3 per cent cases.

While the lowest rate was recorded in Musandam governorate with 0.9 per cent, North and South Batinahs accounted for 5.7 per cent 5.6 per cent, respectively.

North Al Sharqiyah registered 3.6 per cent, Al Dakhiliyah 3.2 per cent, Dhofar 2.6 per cent, South Al Sharqiyah 2.3 per cent and Al Dhahirah 1.9 per cent cases.

The ministry, while stressing that the participation of individuals plays a crucial role in the survey, said “the participation in the survey process by both the nationals and non-nationals should continue”.

Last week, Minister of Health Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi called upon people to take extreme caution, and exhibit greater alertness and responsibility in public places to deal with this health crisis.

“A second wave of Coronavirus is inevitable, but we can avoid it through full commitment to precautionary measures that include wearing face masks and following up other healthy habits,” the minister said.

The minister said that COVID-19 infection and mortality figures are fluctuating and again started to rise in the recent weeks.

Dr Ahmed bin Salim al Mandhari, Regional Director of WHO, said that there is significant increase in the number of cases in some counties and it highlights an urgent need for more rigorous action.

While an upsurge of cases was expected due to countries easing restrictions after months of lockdowns and with increased population mobility, governments cannot continue to respond as they have been doing since the start of the pandemic.

“Individuals and communities must remain vigilant. We must find ways to address the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and limit the spread of infection. Millions of people are still at risk. Social measures such as mask use, physical distancing, and proper hygiene measures must be strictly followed. I cannot stress this enough,” Al Mandhari said.