Dubai: June 2021 has become the deadliest COVID-19 month yet in Oman, claiming the lives of more than 365 Omanis and expats, local media reported.
The country has also reported 5,320 people testing positive for the disease between Thursday, June 17, and Saturday, June 19. During this period, 84 people died from the coronavirus.
According to Ibrahim Al Maimani, data analyst and social activist in the country, the death rate in June – which has seen a daily average of 18 deaths so far– was worse than it was in April, when 344 deaths occurred, at an average of a little more than 11.5 deaths a day. In comparison, May saw 324 people succumb to the disease, at a daily rate of about 10.5 deaths.
“The total number of new cases until June 20 has reached 30,819, at the rate of 1,541 new cases taking place every day,” he said.
Hospitalisation rates increased by 78 per cent during the current month in comparison with the end of May 2021, when there were 808 people in hospital till the end of May.
By June 20, the number reached 1,436 people, which means 628 more people have been taken to hospital in the last 20 days.
Similarly, there were 247 patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in May while from June 1 to June 20, the admissions to ICUs reached 414. The increase has been of 167 patients, or a 68 per cent jump in admission rates.
“In the last 24 hours alone, this month has already seen record admission numbers, with 170 people admitted into hospitals on June 20,” added Al Maimani.
SO far, 1,986 Omanis and 724 expatriates have died from the disease, according to data published on Tarassud, the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 monitoring app; 960 people between the ages of 15 and 59 have died, while 1,750 aged 60 and above have also lost their lives to the disease; 1,940 of the people who have died are men, while the remaining 770 are women.