Coronavirus: Oman health minister expects rate of cases to peak by end of April

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Oman's Health Minister said he expects the country's rate of new coronavirus cases to peak at 500 cases per day between April 23 and 30.

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi also said he expects 150 of those 500 cases will require intensive medical care.

The health ministry confirmed 109 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising the total to 1,019.

A total of 176 people out of the total number of confirmed cases have recovered while the death toll remained at four with a death rate of 0.04 percent, according to the health minister.

Al-Saidi said the number of infected cases is still on the rise, however, it is gradual and is less than global levels.

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“With our commitment to health isolation and social distancing, we will prevent ourselves, our families, and our community from the spread of coronavirus,” the ministry of health said in a statement.

Oman continued to urge people to adhere to preventative measures implemented by the sultanate to slow the spread of the virus. The ministry also advised people to continue washing their hands with water and soap, and to avoid touching the face, nose, mouth and eyes.

People are urged to stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary.

Oman's trajectory of cases has been slightly behind most of its neighbors in the Arabian Gulf, which generally experienced a relatively steep rise in cases in the first week of April. The rise in numbers could reflect its trajectory catching up, but may also reflect an increase in testing as with the UAE.

While the UAE has far more cases than Oman, the increase in cases being discovered partly reflects an increase in the number of tests being carried out, according to Dr. Adil Sajwani, a family medicine doctor in the Ministry of Health and Prevention and a member of the national awareness team for COVID-19 in the UAE.

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