The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Wednesday announced the registration of 608 confirmed new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Qatar, the recovery of 75 cases and one death. The total number of those recovered has reached 689 in the country.
According to a MoPH statement carried by the official Qatar News Agency (QNA), most of the new cases were among expatriate workers who have been quarantined after it was found that they had come in contact with confirmed cases.
The rest of the new cases are among citizens and residents who had contact with Covid-19 positive family members.
The newly infected cases have been placed under isolation and receiving the necessary medical care.
The MoPH said that a 55-year-old resident who died yesterday had been hospitalised for treatment on March 23. The death was a result of medical complications due to Covid-19. The Ministry offered condolences and sympathy to the family of the deceased.
The MoPH stated that the noticeable increase in the number of confirmed new cases was due to several reasons, including the fact that the spread of the virus has started to enter the peak stage, and rise in infection may continue for a period before it started to decline.
It is also due to the steady increase in the efforts of the ministry and its medical teams to track the transmission chains of Covid-19 and expand the surveillance process, including of groups of contacts with people who were previously diagnosed with the disease. All of this has contributed to the early detection of many cases of infection and reduced the spread of the virus, the ministry said.
According to a tweet from the MoPH, with a total of 3,287 people tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as many as 70012 have been tested so far in Qatar.
There are 7,141 positive cases to date in Qatar and 6,442 active cases currently undergoing treatment. The total number of Covid-19 deaths so far in Qatar is 10, according to the tweet.
The MoPH requested all members of society to stay at home and co-operate fully with all health guidelines and preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection, including complying with the social and physical distancing guidelines.
The MoPH also urged the public regularly visit its website for the most up-to-date guidance on how to stay safe, including those related to the use of facemasks, QNA added.