Muscat: Oman recorded a new high on Thursday for hospitalised patients with more than 160 cases of COVID-19, and recorded 19 deaths, the highest number since April, as per the data from the Ministry of Health. This points to a significant increase in new cases of coronavirus infections and ICU patients in the region.
Speaking exclusively to Times of Oman, Ibrahim Al Maimani, a social activist and data analyst, said, "The total number of infections in the month of June reached 13,000, with an average of 1,300 infections per day. Thus, we are on the verge of breaking the record for the month of July 2020, where 39,000 infections were recorded and an average of 1,303 new infections per day.”
"Nineteen deaths were recorded today, which is the highest number of deaths we have reached previously. Nineteen deaths were earlier recorded daily on the following dates, 16, 17, 18, and 20 of April 2021. The total deaths since the beginning of this month until today have reached 122, with an average of 12.2 deaths per day, and accordingly, we have also exceeded the highest rate since the beginning of the pandemic, where a rate of 11.5 was recorded in April 2020," he added.
He pointed out that the epidemiological situation in June is difficult, especially after the increase in the number of inpatients during the last 24 hours, where a new record was seen with 164 cases. On June 2, 124 COVID-19 cases were recorded; on June 3, 140 cases were recorded; and on June 8, 129 cases were recorded.
Al Maimani also said, "A 31 per cent increase in the number of inpatients in hospitals has been observed since the beginning of this month, where their numbers have reached 1060, and a 40 per cent increase in the number of inpatients in intensive care which has reached 345 until today.”
"Based on the current statistics and readings of the epidemiological situation in June, I expect the increase in new cases to reach more than 2,000, and the continuation of recording large numbers of daily deaths to exceed twenty deaths during the next week. In the end we see that there is a need to continue taking precautionary measures, even if the vaccine is taken, and the urgent need to take the vaccine for those who have the opportunity,” he added.
On Thursday, statistics made available on Tarassud, the coronavirus monitoring app launched by the ministry, showed that the number of those hospitalised during the past 24 hours reached 164, and 345 patients were admitted to ICU, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients admitted to health institutions to 1,060 cases.
The Sultanate also recorded 19 deaths during the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 2,467 and 1,640 new cases of Coronavirus, according to the daily report of the Ministry of Health. The Ministry stated that the total number of registered cases in the Sultanate is 230,219 and the recoveries 207,795, at 90.3 per cent. The deaths are 2,467, at 1.07 per cent.