Live Blog: Supreme Committee I Times of Oman Press Conference

His Excellency Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, Member of the Supreme Committee

Muscat: The Supreme Committee held a press conference on Monday, a day after issuing new rulings regulating the entry of travelers into the Sultanate of Oman.

Here are the latest updates:

1- No less than 69 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Oman.

2- His Excellency Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, Member of the Supreme Committee declares: “A patient was admitted to the hospital yesterday. There are now a total of 11 patients in health facilities and 2 are in intensive care. The patient who died yesterday had not been vaccinated “

3- “The situation is still serious. There has been a doubling of the number of Covid-19 cases, ”Minister Al Saidi said.

4- “In total, 10% of Omani citizens have not yet taken the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 4% did not take the first dose, ”Minister Al Saidi said.

5- “While we expected that a closure would be announced, the Supreme Committee relied on the awareness of society. No decision likely to affect the economy and social life has therefore been taken, ”Minister Al Saidi said.

6- “There has not yet been a decision taken to make compulsory the taking of the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine”, declared Minister Al Saidi.

7- The Minister recalled that a circular from the Ministry of Labor required that all employees present a vaccination certificate to be authorized to enter the workplace.

8- Dr Saif bin Salim Al Abri, Director General of Disease Surveillance and Control at the Ministry of Health, said: “We expect an increase in the number of hospitalized patients in the coming days. “

9- “There are currently 16 confirmed cases of the omicron variant of Covid-19 in Oman and 90 other suspected cases which are currently the subject of genetic sequencing. They are in good health and all have been vaccinated, so the cases are very mild. It’s quite reassuring, ”says Dr Al Abri.

10- Minister of Health Al Saidi urged everyone in Oman to get vaccinated. “The centers are open in all governorates and vaccines are available free of charge for residents and citizens. There is no reason why anyone should not get the vaccine.

11- Mr. Bader bin Saif Al Rawahi, Director of Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health, says: “So far, only 4% of the inhabitants of the Sultanate have been vaccinated with the third dose.

12- Minister Al Saidi rejects discussions on a fourth dose of vaccines and declares: “It is too early to talk about the fourth dose.

13- Dr Al Abri says: “The prevalence of the omicron variant is much higher than that of the other variants. He added: “We do about 4,000 to 5,000 tests a day.”

14- “The last decisions rendered by the Supreme Committee will remain valid until January 31, 2022, if the situation does not worsen. But any decision can be changed depending on the situation, locally, regionally and globally, ”Minister Al Saidi said.

15- Mr. Al Rawahi spoke about rumors about potentially dangerous side effects of vaccination. “There is no study to prove that taking the vaccine causes fainting or sudden death. He added, “The booster dose increases the level of immunity to 75 percent.”

16- Reinfection with omicron variant possible for cured patients, says Dr Al Abri.

17- On a rumor of increasing flu cases in Oman, Dr Al Abri said: “Now is flu season in Oman. We have always monitored and followed up on these cases. There is no increase in what is recorded now compared to previous years. “

18- Dr Al Abri says: “Most hospital patients in hospitals are not vaccinated. Minister Al Saidi added, “Anyone who refuses to be vaccinated has the right to do so, but it is our duty as a government to protect society and public health. Health and other sectors have suffered enough. The situation is very painful and worse than what we have seen in 2020. ”

19- While traveling between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, Minister Al Saidi said: “The movement of people continues to be facilitated. However, only citizens of both countries can take a PCR test that is less than 14 days old to be allowed entry. “

20- Minister Al Saidi said: “There has been no increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in schools in Oman.”

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