Oman Reports Record 72-Hour COVID Deaths: Report

Oman Reports Record 72-Hour COVID Deaths: Report

Oman has reported a record number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in the past 72 hours, with 119 deaths from the disease during that period, the Oman News newspaper reported on Sunday.
A total of 5,517 people have been diagnosed with the virus during the same period, he said.

The spike in infections and deaths comes after the country’s health ministry announced that three COVID-19 patients had been infected with the deadly fungal infection called mucormycosis – commonly known as ‘black fungus’ – earlier this month .

Omani health officials have also warned that there is an acute shortage of hospital beds amid the spread of highly transmissible coronavirus variants, a delayed vaccine rollout and an easing of movement restrictions. .

To date, Oman has recorded more than 256,542 cases of the coronavirus, including 2,848 deaths, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.

‘Black mushroom’

Fungal disease became a source of growing concern during the devastating wave of coronavirus in India earlier this year. Other countries, including Egypt, have reported scattered cases in recent months as infections soar.

The black fungus existed in India before the wave of the virus, but it has fueled fears as it has taken hold in thousands of patients infected or recently recovered from COVID-19.

Mucormycosis is caused by exposure to mucoric mold, which is commonly found in soil, air, and even in the nose and mucus of humans.

The fungal infection attacks patients with weakened immune systems and underlying conditions, especially diabetes, as well as overuse of certain over-the-counter coronavirus drugs such as steroids. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can increase the risk of getting the disease in people who are immunocompromised.


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