Muscat: The movement ban during Ramadan has helped bring down the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the Sultanate to less than 800 cases, a senior official of the Ministry of Health said.
With 770 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) registered in Oman on Wednesday, the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 198,572 in the Sultanate. While nine new deaths took the total number of COVID-19-related casualties to 2,071. With 1,372 new cases having recovered, the total number of recoveries has reached 180,547.
The Ministry also pointed out that 75 cases were hospitalised over the past 24 hours, adding that the total number of current hospitalised COVID-19-infected patients stands at 782, of whom 281 are in intensive care units (ICUs).
Speaking to the Times of Oman, a senior official of the MoH said, “The reasons for the decline is due to the high level of awareness among citizens and residents of the Sultanate who are following precautionary measures, including washing hands, wearing mask, adhering to home quarantine, following up on awareness bulletins and everything related to COVID-19 news through the concerned authorities, without paying attention to rumours through audio, readable or visual news.”
He also said, “By preventing movement of individuals and vehicles the night ban helped to reduce cases, as there were no longer gatherings or visits between families, youth and individuals, and there was no longer going to the markets because of the night closure imposed on all shops, and this helped significantly in the decrease in new infections cases.”
Ibrahim Al Maimani, Social Activist and Data Analyst, said, “By analysing the statistics during the last week, we notice that for the seventh day in a row, the number of recoveries is more than new cases, and that the number of new infections has fallen under a thousand, except on Monday, when the cases reached 1,093.”
He confirmed that, in terms of hospitalised cases, the number of inpatient admissions last week reached 833, and yesterday’s numbers reached 782, with a decrease of 51 at a rate of six per cent.
As for the cases in intensive care, their number reached 275 last week, and the number reached 281 yesterday, with an increase of six cases at a rate of two per cent.
“It is worth noting that the recovery rate continues to rise, reaching 91 per cent in the current week, while last week’s rate of recovery rate was 89.5 per cent,” he added.