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COVID-19 in Oman: Sur shows how to fight coronavirus

Sur has shown remarkable perceptiveness and alacrity in tackling the pandemic

By Salim Al Hosni
October 4,2020 9:47 am

MUSCAT : Sur recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate but its response to Covid-19 has been remarkable.

A total of 1,149 cases have been registered in the last seven months, however, there are only 103 active cases after 1,022 patients have recovered.

With a population of over 120,000 in the port city on Oman’s eastern tip, the health authorities in Sur has been on high alert since the outbreak.
Since June, Sur witnessed a spurt in Covid-19 cases and kept a steady fight to quickly take the situation in control. “We could manage the virus to a greater extent till June when it was spreading across the other Wilayats but after June, we saw a surge in cases but we could control it,” said Mohammed Al Mamari, a resident in Sur.

Meanwhile, a total of 23 people died in the last seven months. “Sur was quick to prepare itself for what was yet to come. Clear instructions and decisions started flowing from health authorities,” Al Mamari said.

According to Al Mamari, educating citizens and residents in Sur was the key to containing the virus. “Ministry of Health officials must be praised for their efforts in educating the public on what needs to be done during the pandemic,” he said.

Life is slowly getting back to normal in Sur. “People are vigilant than ever before. They are very conscious and I can see that when I walk around but slowly we are getting back to normal. The virus will be here for sometime and til then we need to stand together to fight it for our survival,” Al Mamari added.

Oman’s total Covid-19 cases has touched 98,585 including 935 deaths.

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