Track the coronavirus with this new app

Launched by the Ministry of Health following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sultanate of Oman, the Tarassud app helps provide updates on the spread of the disease in the Sultanate, as well as the latest developments on what is being done to control it.

Named after the Arabic word for ‘surveillance’, the app provides a breakdown of the number of COVID-19 cases in Oman, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the rest of the world. Oman is one of six members of the GCC, the others being Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Users of the app – which is available on both the Play Store for Android phones and the App Store for Apple users – can track the number of cases across all 11 of Oman’s governorates, as well as look at a breakdown of infections across the globe by country.

Data into the app is fed by teams from the COVID-19 Operation Management Centre, which is located at the Higher College of Technology in Muscat. According to the Oman News Agency, the centre was recently visited by members of the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 in Oman.

“The committee’s members visited the COVID-19 Operation Management Centre, located at the Higher College of Technology, Muscat, to closely view the process of reporting the disease and entering data in the Tarassud application,” reported the state-run agency.

“The committee members were briefed on all the relevant areas monitored by the centre, which included prevention and infection control, health of people arriving at points of entry in Oman, i.e. airports and ports, data management and epidemiological investigation, provision of primary healthcare, the support and improvement of those under quarantine, monitoring of private establishments, and research and development in the field of COVID-19,” added the agency.