1,021 cases in hospitals
For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in the sultanate, the number COVID-19 patients in hospitals exceeded 1,000 on Wednesday. Also, since mid-July 2020, this is the first time the daily case count is almost 2,000.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported 1,931 new cases and 14 related deaths on Tuesday. The latest figures take the total cases registered in the sultanate to 228,579, including 2,448 deaths, and recoveries to 206,844 accounting for a recovery rate of 90.5 per cent.
According to an MoH statement, 128 individuals were admitted to hospitals across the country in a 24-hour period on Wednesday, taking the total number of inpatients to 1,021, including 329 in intensive care units.
Since May 31, when Oman recorded 1,041 cases, the daily case count has shot past the 1,000 mark with the exception of June 4. On June 1, 1,047 cases were recorded, followed by 1,258 on June 2, 1,173 on June 3, a cumulative count of 3,177 for three days (June 4 to 6), 1,216 on June 7, and 1,563 on June 8.
Only second dose for Muscat residents
The Directorate General of Health Services in Muscat Governorate announced on Wednesday that it currently targets only those who are due for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines and have completed ten weeks or more since the first jab. MoH urged all to follow updates on the directorate's accounts on social media platforms.
The Directorate General of Health Services in Muscat Governorate has confirmed that work is underway to complete the technical aspects related to a drive-through vaccination centre in Oman Automobile Association, Seeb. Commencement date of this service and target groups will be announced upon completion of regulatory procedures.
People with autoimmune diseases can get the jab
People with autoimmune diseases can take the COVID-19 vaccine if they are among the target groups and have no contraindications, according to an MoH statement.
“Doctors who such patients regularly see for their health should be consulted before they take the vaccine," MoH stated.