Muscat, Batinah home to 77% of COVID-19 cases in Oman

Oman Sunday 04/October/2020 21:36 PM
By: Times News Service
Muscat, Batinah home to 77% of COVID-19 cases in Oman

Muscat: About 77 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oman are from the three governorates of Muscat, North Batinah, and South Batinah, according to government data.

Figures made available on the Tarassud+ coronavirus monitoring app launched by the country’s Ministry of Health show that of the 101,270 confirmed cases of the disease in the country, 48,990 are in Muscat, corresponding to 48.3 per cent of all reported infections.

In North Al Batinah, 17,620 (17.3 per cent) people have so far been infected by the disease, a number that is lower in South Al Batinah, which has recorded 11,262 infections, or 11.1 per cent of all reported cases in the country.

Together, these three governorates account for 76.7 per cent of all reported infections of COVID-19 in Oman. The three also have recovery rates similar to the above.

Of the 90,296 recoveries that have taken place in Oman, 49.2 per cent (44,510) are in Muscat. 19.5 per cent of recoveries are from the Governorate of North Al Batinah (15,538), and a further 11.2 per cent (10,136) are from South Al Batinah. The recovery rate across Oman stood at 89.16 per cent, as of Sunday, October 4, 2020. 977 people have sadly lost their lives due to the disease. 210 patients have been admitted to intensive care units since the start of the pandemic, while 560 people required admission into healthcare centres in the country.

The Ministry of Health continues to provide COVID-19 prevention advice to locals and residents, as part of its efforts to spread awareness and reduce the rate of infection.
“Avoid group activities and gatherings, wear a mask and maintain a physical distance of at least two metres,” said the ministry as part of its advisory.

“Regularly and thoroughly wash hands with water and soap, or clean them with a certified hand sanitiser.

“Avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes, and avoid going out from home unless necessary,” added the Ministry of Health. “Follow health habits while sneezing or coughing, and adhere completely to isolation if showing symptoms or have been in close contact with a positive case.”

The ministry went on to say: “With our commitment to wearing masks and maintaining social and physical distancing, we will prevent ourselves, our families and our community from the spread of coronavirus.”