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Muscat, Al Wusta witness highest COVID-19 infection prevalence rate

TAS News Service

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

MUSCAT: Muscat Governorate and Al Wusta witnessed the highest prevalence of coronavirus in the country, according to national survey for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile expats registered a general prevalence rate of 7.8 per cent in the Sultanate compared to 3.9 per cent of Omanis.

According to MOH, the study at this stage concluded that the “number of infections is estimated at 276,685 among those who had symptoms and those who did not.”

“The preventive measures taken to reduce the prevalence of COVID 19 has had a profound impact on reducing the effect of the pandemic. It has been clearly shown in the decrease in the number of cases and outbreaks recorded and the accompanying decrease in morbidity and hospitalization, particularly in the admission to intensive care units, as well as mortality,” MOH said.

“Since its launch in July 2020, the National sero-survey of COVID 19 virus infection has become one of the main pillars supporting the national strategy to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic through the survey’s objectives of assessing the prevalence of COVID 19 infection by age groups, monitoring of laboratory-diagnosed cases, assessing the level of infection in various governments in Oman as well as the proportion of infections in those who have not shown symptoms, and assessing the effects of the closure of the governorates on the epidemic,” MOH added.