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Oman reports third Covid-19-related death amid concerns over supplies

Ministry of Health Undersecretary said Oman is facing a shortage of some medical supplies

Oman reports third Covid-19-related death amid concerns over supplies

Muscat went into lockdown from yesterday, which banned all traffic from entering or leaving the governorate until Wednesday April 22, at the earliest.

Oman reported a third death resulting from Covid-19, as the number of cases in the sultanate starts to grow.

A 41-year-old expat died from the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health announced. It also revealed 68 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 546. The ministry added that 102 patients have recovered.

A ministry official said the number of cases are causing a conern for officials in the country.

"We are still monitoring contact within the community and there are examples of one person transmitted the infection to 5 members of his family," the Ministry of Health Undersecretary said in an interview with Oman TV.  

"We have begun in procedures for epidemiological investigation in Mutrah and the choice of applying a comprehensive examination is available."

The majority (78%) of cases have occurred in those aged between 15 and 50.

The ministry official also revealed a shortage of supplies to deal with the cases.

“We are facing a shortage of some medical supplies to deal with corona and we are striving to provide the necessary. We are still looking for more qualitative contributions to the fund, as a national responsibility in this exceptional circumstance.”

Muscat went into lockdown from yesterday, which banned all traffic from entering or leaving the governorate until Wednesday April 22, at the earliest.

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