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Abu Dhabi: Oman recorded 1,361 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, maintaining an upward trend and raising the country's overall infections to 42,555.

The latest cases, reported by the Omani news agency ONA, shows an increase of 237 cases compared to Wednesday when 1,124 infections were recorded in the sultanate.

The newly diagnosed cases include 875 Omanis and 486 foreign residents, the Health Ministry said.

Three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported, taking Oman's total such fatalities to 188.

The country's overall recoveries from the disease have reached 25,318 with the recovery of 1,156 more patients, according to the ministry.

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammad Al Saeedi, Minister of Health, said one of the causes of the spread of the disease among Omanis was family gathering in one house and because of rallies.

“Within only one month, 27,000 new infections were recorded in the Sultanate, while in the first four months the total number of infections was 7,700 cases.

Dr. Al Saeedi said because of the spread of COVID-19 over the past six weeks, things have changed annoyingly and worryingly in the Sultanate, unlike the first couple of months of this pandemic.

“It is sad that more than 9,000 infections and more than 43 deaths were recorded over the last week,” the minister said.