1. Muscat, May 23 : The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced today the registration of (463) new positive cases with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Sultanate. (210) of the new cases are Omanis and (253) cases for non-Omanis.
This brings the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Sultanate to (7257), in addition to 35 death cases.
2. More than 5.2 million cases of Covid-19 have been reported worldwide, as well as at least 338,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University
3. China, where the outbreak began last year, has for the first time recorded no new cases
4. Muslims around the world are being urged to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home amid the pandemic
5. Saudi Arabia imposes total curfew over the Eid holiday after previously easing measures
6. A new study suggests that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine may increase the risk of death among Covid-19 patients
7. Brazil reported more than 20,000 cases yesterday in the previous 24 hours, as hospitals struggle to cope. President Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat, saying quarantines and lockdowns could have a worse impact on his country's battered economy.
8. In Peru, the government announced it was extending its state of emergency until the end of June. The Andean country has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America after Brazil. In Mexico, health officials announced the highest single-day surge in deaths.
9. The WHO warns that 80 million babies worldwide could be at risk of preventable diseases like measles and polio because of missed vaccinations. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted immunization programs in at least 68 countries.
10. Apples and oranges: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged yesterday it had combined results from viral and antibody coronavirus tests on its website.
11. Fighting misinformation is just as important as fighting the virus itself, says Dr. Mike Ryan of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program. Ryan says the WHO has invested heavily in myth-busting videos, infographics and cartoons.Coronavirus conspiracy theories have spread rapidly on social media. But researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that nearly half the accounts propagating the Covid-19 conversations on Twitter could be automated bots.
12. Africa tops 100,000 cases: The coronavirus has spread to every country on the continent. But Africa's mortality rate is low compared to other parts of the world. Its young population might explain the low numbers. The WHO points to another possible explanation: Many governments there were quick to impose confinement measures, which helped slow the spread.
13. UK quarantine rule: Travelers arriving in the United Kingdom will be required to self-isolate for 14 days starting June 8, the government announced on Friday.
14. Situation in Italy improves: The number of active Covid-19 cases in Italy dropped by 1,638 on Friday, taking the total to 59,322. The number of new daily deaths is also dropping.