Oman's Covid Cases Hit Record High Despite Jab Campaign

Published June 13th, 2021 - 06:46 GMT
Oman reports an increase in daily coronavirus cases.
An Omani man receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman's capital Muscat on June 8, 2021. MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / AFP
A total of 338 patients are in intensive care rooms, according to a June 11, 2021 report by the country’s Ministry of Health

Oman has reported an increase in daily coronavirus cases amid the start of mass vaccination campaign in the Sultanate.

Hospitals have exceeded the limit allocated to coronavirus patients in Intensive Care Units, reaching 157 percent in two hospitals, local daily Times of Oman reported.

A total of 338 patients are in intensive care rooms, according to a June 11, 2021 report by the country’s Ministry of Health.

Oman’s daily infection rate has more than tripled in the past 30 days, with the number of people testing positive with COVID-19 approaching 2,000 this week.

“The indicators of this wave are very worrisome, and this recent spike in numbers is because of gatherings that took place during Eid,” Dr Faryal Al-Lawati, a Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Hospital, told local radio station Shabiba FM.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people in the Sultanate have been vaccinated in private hospitals, as part of the country’s inoculation effort.

Private hospitals and clinics have contributed to the campaign against COVID-19 by offering vaccinations to walk-in patients and those who have registered in advance.

“Those who wish to get vaccinated at private hospitals will need to pay a fee, which depends on the type of vaccine they choose to take,” the report said.

A doctor at Badr Al-Sama’a Hospital, a private medical center that is taking part in the immunization campaign, said: “the cost of the vaccine will be borne by patients. Those who want to take the vaccine can walk in to any of our clinics, where they will be administered a vaccine of their choice, provided it is in stock.”

After taking the vaccine, patients will be required to wait 15 minutes at the hospital, where they will be examined for any symptoms.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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