The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced Sunday that following further testing, two additional cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) have been recorded in the State of Qatar, taking the total of confirmed cases to three.

The two Qatari individuals were evacuated from the Islamic Republic of Iran on a government-chartered plane on 27 February 2020 and have been under full quarantine, the ministry explained in a statement today.

The patients have been transferred to the Communicable Disease Center for treatment under full quarantine and they are in a stable condition, the statement said.

The MOPH reiterated that the patients have not had any engagement with the general public stressing that the risk of infection to the public remains low.

The MOPH has prepared for the spread of the virus by instituting quarantine measures for people returning from infected areas, the statement said adding that the Ministry continues to monitor quarantined individuals for symptoms.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Public Health announced the first confirmed COVID19 case in the State of Qatar, pointing that the patient, a 36-year-old Qatari male, has returned recently from the Islamic Republic of Iran among a group of citizens who were evacuated out of Iran and placed under full quarantine since their arrival on Thursday. (QNA)

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