The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced Wednesday the registration of 830 confirmed new cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as well as 146 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 2,070.
The MoPH said in a statement that most of the new cases are among expatriate workers infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who have been previously infected. These cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the ministry.
The remainder of new Covid-19 cases in Qatar have come from citizens and residents who contracted the virus from members of their families, who in turn got the virus through their workplaces or other places where they had been exposed to infected people.
All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care.
The MoPH notes that the current period will see a fluctuation in the number of cases of infection due to several reasons, including that the outbreak of the virus is in the peak stage, before the number of infections begin to descend gradually.
The ministry has also recently stepped up efforts to track the transitional chains of the virus and expand the search for people infected by conducting extensive and proactive investigations of large numbers of contacts with people who have recently been confirmed with the disease.
The number of daily tests performed depends on the number of contacts individuals confirmed to be infected with the virus have had, as well as the random tests that are taking place in different parts of the country.
According to a tweet from the MoPH, with a total of 3,201 people tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as many as 112,963 have been tested so far in Qatar.
There are 17,972 positive cases to date in Qatar and 15,890 currently undergoing treatment. The total number of Covid-19 deaths so far in Qatar is 12, according to the tweet.
The MoPH called on all members of society to stay at home and not go out except in cases of necessity and to implement preventive measures and maintain physical distancing, including in the workplace and public places. The Ministry reminded people to use a face mask as recommended and avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
The ministry also urged the public to regularly visit its website to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.