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Ramadan, Eid gatherings cause COVID-19 cases to soar, says Oman’s health minister

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Saidi, Minister of Health says people are still flouting the social distancing rules

TAS News Service
June 1, 2020 8:49 am

MUSCAT: Oman has seen a dramatic surge in new cases of the coronavirus in just four days, with the number nearly tripling as the country has experienced an increase in its infection rate while easing restrictions.

On May 29, Ministry of Health (MOH) registered 811 cases, while 636 cases were reported on May 18 and 603 cases on May 30. One day later on Sunday, May 31, MOH reporter 1,014, a significant jump in 24 hours.

People still flout rules
His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Saidi, Minister of Health said the cases have increased due to Ramadan and Eid gatherings and people are still flouting the social distancing rules. “If you look at the figures, the cases began to increase during the second half of Ramadan and then it just shot up during Eid because people are flouting the social distancing rules and they are still gathering. This is a serious concern. The numbers have increased over the last few days because of this,” said Dr. Ahmed Al Saidi, Minister of Health

The country also witnessed seven deaths in a single-day on Sunday, taking the total tally to 49. “Five death cases were reported of people who were late in going to hospitals. One person who died was advised to go to hospital by relevant teams and he refused. Any death for us is sad,” Al Saidi said.

Among the 49 people died, 28 are expats and 21 are Omanis.

“While the total cases in the country has touched 11,437, as many as 2,682 patients have recovered,” the Minister added.

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