MUSCAT: The Supreme Committee members are addressing the media on the latest developments about coronavirus.
Here are the highlights from the press conference:
Minister of Health: The Supreme Committee has decided that there is no risk of using the fingerprint device to establish the attendance and departure, provided that the necessary precautionary measures are available.
Minister of Health: Oman has reserved over one million doses of coronavirus vaccine from the manufacturers but we do not yet know how much we will actually get it.
Undersecretary of Ministry of Education: The new academic year for schools will begin on Sunday.
Minister of Health: During the night movement ban, the rate of infection has decreased, and the number of cases in intensive care decreased due to the decrease in gatherings which is already prohibited.
Minister of Health: The goal of the Supreme Committee is not defamation, but rather the goal of publishing the violators’ statements is deterrence.
Undersecretary of Ministry of Education: Blended learning will apply for grade 12 students in public schools. And online study for grades 1 to 11.
Undersecretary of Ministry of Education: For private and international schools blended learning will be applied week by week except for grade 12 have to attend all classes.
Minister of Health: The health sector is paralyzed due to this pandemic.
Ministry of Education Undersecretary: If the parent does not want his child to attend school, he should submit a form. For private schools, distance education will be activated if an appropriate online system is available in those schools.
Minister of Health: Most of the injuries are not from institutions but from community members, 80% of cases are from the community, and 20% of cases are from institutions.
Minister of Health: We have no solution other than adhering to the precautionary measures until now.
Dr. Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Abri Director General of the General Directorate of Information Technology at the Ministry of Education: There are efforts made by the Ministry to facilitate the possibility of purchasing devices, and the technical team has worked on developing technical specifications for the devices on which the educational platforms operate.
Dr. Saif Al Abri: Studies have shown that the complete and partial closure process affected in direct ways in reducing the number of cases.
Undersecretary of Ministry of Education: 82% of schools will implement the distance education system, 10% “blended education”, and 7% through full attendance. We are monitoring the situation and there will be change and review.
Dr. Abdullah Ambusaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education: School hours for students in grades 1-4 will be between 11 am and 2 pm, grades 5-11 between 8 am and 11 am, and for grade 12, between 8 am and 2 pm.
Dr. Ali Al Jawahari, Director General of the General Directorate of Education for the Governorate of Muscat:
The ministry has developed a guide for operating schools, which includes controls for sanitation workers as well as controls and mechanisms for school bus drivers to work.
Dr. Saif Al-Abri: We are working on conducting an epidemiological investigation study in the school to cover all health aspects and deal with any suspected case of infection, whether for the student or the teaching staff.
Dr. Saif Al-Abri: The number of deaths continues to be high despite the lockdown. It will take two weeks for the lockdown to show results. So we can expect the death toll to come down
Saif Al Abri: The negative result of the test gives a false impression that the person is not infected and this is not accurate. Because some quarantined people have shown symptoms on the 14th day of quarantine.
Omar Al Qatbi: Most of the internet services are available in the various governorates of the Sultanate, and we have reached 98% of the internet coverage in the Sultanate of all kinds, including through optical fibers and satellites.
Dr. Saif Al Abri: Health personnel are being trained in primary health care and school health institutions, and this will be accompanied by an information and educational plan to educate students.