COVID-19 cases in Oman fall as vaccinated population rises

Oman Monday 16/August/2021 21:27 PM
By: Times News Service
COVID-19 cases in Oman fall as vaccinated population rises
The number of those who took the first dose of vaccine stood at 1,360,206 or 63% while the number of those who are fully vaccinated stood at 795,726, or 37%.

Muscat: More than 2.15 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Oman since launch of the National Immunisation Campaign till 15 August, which is 61 per cent of the targeted population.

The Sultanate has also witnessed a remarkable decrease in the number of daily new infections of COVID-19, to less than 215, as well as in the number of deaths as a result of COVID-19, after a severe wave in the past three months.

Speaking exclusively to the Times of Oman, Ibrahim Al Maimani, social activist and data analyst, said, “Today we are optimistic as the number of new infections have come down to under 215, where 162 cases were recorded on Friday, 163 cases on Saturday, and 214 cases were recorded on Sunday, and we expect that the numbers will decrease further in the coming days.”

“The active cases reached 7,707, and the number of hospitalised patients decreased by 12 cases  and the intensive care by 9 cases. Currently the total number of inpatients in intensive care is 107 after we had 538 cases on third of July, 2021,” he added.

“The number of deaths during three days amounted to 19 over the weekend, and we note that the number of deaths on Thursday was 5, and on Friday also 5. This is a significant decrease in the number of deaths, and today 6 deaths were recorded,” he said.

He pointed out also about the most prominent statistical indicators during the last period in general, especially the last 5 months, when the Sultanate experienced a difficult situation with a large number of infections. In five months, Oman recorded 155,000 infections, at a rate of 1,000 infections per day.

He said, “Praise be to God, today the daily average is 240 in the first 16 days of the month of August. The deaths in the last five months were 2,256, with an average of 15 deaths, and today the daily average is 10 deaths per day, and the numbers started declining in the last week.”

Al Maimani said that in general, the situation is much better in August. “We have partial and complete closures, continued prevention of travellers coming from several countries, and the ongoing immunisation process are all factors that led to the current situation.”

According to Oman News Agency, the number of vaccinated  people has till 15 August 2,155,932. The number of those who took the first dose of the vaccine stood at 1,360,206 comprising 63% while the number of those who are fully vaccinated (two doses) stood at 795,726, comprising 37%.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health continues vaccinating target segments against COVID-19 in all governorates of the Sultanate.

“Today, vaccination centres in all governorates witnessed a good turnout from the target segments,” the statement added.