MUSCAT, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Monday 2,164 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day surge so far, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 58,179.
The new cases included 592 non-Omanis, the ministry said in a statement.
Meanwhile, two new fatalities were reported, bringing the death toll to 259, while the tally of recovered cases rose by 1,159 to 37,257, it added.
The statement said that in the past 24 hours, the overall number of tests in Oman has increased to 244,787.
The jump in the number of daily new cases came as a result of the health ministry's implementation of a national survey of the COVID-19 infection, which increased the number of daily examinations, Saif bin Salem Al Abri, director general of disease surveillance and control at the Ministry of Health, told Xinhua.
"During the past period, the ministry performed an average of 4,000 examinations of COVID-19 daily, but with the start of conducting the national survey, the number of examinations increased to more than 6,000 daily," Al Abri added.