Here are the facts, COVID in the first 10 days of April .
*In the first 10 days of April 2021, a total of 20,666 confirmed cases have been identified. Comparison of the number of confirmed cases in the first 10 days of last month (10,806) shows a marked (91%) increase.
*A total of 14, 468 cases have been admitted to both treatment centers and HBIC with a daily average of 1447. This is also a marked increase compared to 6,099 daily admission (average 610) in the first 10 days of March.
*Daily facility death has remarkably increased in early April. A total of 275 deaths were observed in the first 10 days of April (i.e. 28 deaths daily on average). This figure was just 101(i.e. 10 deaths daily on average) in the first 10 days of March.
*The number of critical cases being supported by a mechanical ventilator have continued to increase in April to a record level. This is likely straining the national capacity of ICUs. Some regions are running out of ICU beds
*The number of healthcare workers infection and admission to HBIC has increased in April.
Cumulatively, 2,859 HCW infections, 27 deaths (CFR of 0.9%) and recovery rate of 90% have been reported so far since the start of the pandemic.
Yakob Seman:Director ,Medical Service,FMOH