COVID-19: Over 6,000 people tested in 24 hours in Oman
July 13, 2020 | 7:16 PM
by Times News Service
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Muscat: For the first time in Oman, more than 6,000 people were tested for COVID-19 in 24 hours leading to 2,164 new cases of the disease, the data from the Ministry of Health revealed.

A total number of 6,173 samples were tested, taking the total samples tested to 244,487 on Monday of which 58,179 people were tested positive.

The Tarassud app, which provides daily updates on COVID-19 situation in the country, reported that Muscat Governorate recorded 827 new cases. With 340 new cases the total in Seeb touched 12,338 cases. Wilayat Bawshar reported 238 fresh cases making it the second wilayat that saw more cases in Oman.

Wilayat of Amerat recorded 89 new cases while Wilayat of Qurraiyat reported 59, Wilayat of Muttrah 52 and Muscat reported 49 new cases.

Outside the Governorate of Muscat, the biggest jump in new cases was seen in the North Al Batinah Governorate, which reported 526 fresh cases to reach a total of 7,530 reported cases so far. South Batinah registered 229 fresh cases taking the total in the governorate to 6,029 reported cases.

Southern Dhofar Governorate reported another 145 new cases, taking the total number of reported COVID-19 cases to 1,967. In Al Dhahirah, 141 cases were reported, pushing the total number of cases to 1,019. The number of cases in Ad Dakhiliyah rose to 3,116 after 139 new cases were reported there.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the South Al Sharqiyah Governorate crossed the 14,000-infection mark after 75 new cases were reported there. In addition, 63 new cases also came to light in North Al Sharqiyah, taking the total to 1,272. Al Buraimi Governorate registered 631 cases of infection, after 18 more people were reported to have caught the disease.

In the Northern Governorate, the presence of another one case brought the total number of infections to 37. The only region in Oman to not register a new case was the Central Al Wusta Governorate.

There have also been a total of 259 deaths owing to the spread of the pandemic in Oman. 156 of these unfortunate deaths have been in the Muscat Governorate, while North Batinah has recorded 31 deaths.

The total deaths recorded in South Batinah reached 36, with 10 each in South Sharqiyah and Ad Dakhiliyah Governorates, Six in Dhofar, 7 in Ad Dakhiliyah, two in North Al Sharqiyah and one death in the Dhahirah Governorate.

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