LIVE: Supreme Committee press conference

Oman Thursday 14/January/2021 11:30 AM
By: Times News Service
LIVE: Supreme Committee press conference

Muscat: Supreme Committee members are addressing a press conference on Thursday.

Here are the highlights:

1- Ministry of Health has registered 178 new coronavirus cases and 1 death.

2- Minister of Health: All precautionary measures are still in effect.

3- Minister of Health: We hope that we do not see the casualty figures escalate again.

4- Minister of Health: Our commitment to precautionary measures against the Coronavirus means that we adhere to preventive measures such as wearing a mask and continuous hand sterilization.

5- Minister of Health: Wearing a mask protects you and others from the risk of exposure to Coronavirus, and reflects your concern for public safety.

6- Minister of Health: The total number of vaccinated people in the Sultanate reached 22749. Total vaccination coverage rate for target groups is 82%.

7- Minister of Health: Some hesitated not to take the vaccine, which is a legitimate hesitation, but it is not based on scientific information, but is related to rumors and false information.

8- Minister of Health: During the peak period, the number of cases in intensive care units reached 219, and the decrease in these cases came as a result of everyone's efforts and commitment to precautionary measures, calling on everyone not to be complacent and to continue adhering to these measures.

9- Minister of Health: There is no scientific proof that the person who was vaccinated is not a carrier of the disease.

10- Minister of Health: The Sultanate received 27000 dose of the vaccine
22,000 of them were distributed. In total the Sultanate booked 370,000 dose of Pfizer vaccine."

11- Dr. Abdullah Ambusaidi: The gradual return of students to their schools was based on many justifications, the most important of which are the positive results in implementing the health protocol in schools and increasing the empowerment of students in the first cycle of basic skills in reading, writing, numeracy and teaching the new curricula.

12- Minister of Health: Those who do not return the tracking bracelet to the nearest health institution after the quarantine period ends, will be imposed with hefty fine.

13- Dr. Amal:‎ Our understanding of the virus is improving day by day, and therefore there is continuous and sustainable research to monitor any changes to the virus, and this is what happens in many global laboratories.

14- Dr. Ambusaidi: 14,2162 students will return to schools from next Sunday and so far, we have not recorded any cases of students being infected with the Coronavirus, so the situation is reassuring at the level of students.

15- Minister of Health: Quarantine was changed in most countries of the world from 14 days to 7 days, with PCR test being taken on the eighth day.

16- Minister of Health: There is no medical recommendation to date that the vaccine should be given to those under 16 years of age and pregnant women.

17- Minister of Health: The world is connected, so we cannot stop air traffic and not receive travelers from countries where a new strain of the virus has spread.

18- Minister of Health: When the vaccine is available in the private sector, the ministry will supervise the import, distribution and pricing of the vaccine, and in the current period the categories covered by the vaccination are expatriates and Omanis, free of charge, and in the first period 30 percent of the target groups were expatriates.

19- Minister of Health: The obligation to take the vaccine for travel is still under study by the World Health Organization, and no decision has been taken yet.

20- Minister of Health: If I was not convinced of the vaccine, I would not have allowed it to enter the Sultanate. So far more than 20 million people worldwide have received the Pfizer vaccine and have not shown any serious symptoms yet.

21- Ali Al Jawhari: School buses are available and the ministry has been ready for a long time, and bus contracts have been signed since the beginning of last November, as well as the school operation plan determined the actual size of the required buses.