The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday announced 1,526 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 179 recoveries in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 3,019.
In a statement, the MoPH explained that most of the new cases are expatriate workers infected as a result of contact with individuals who have been previously infected, in addition to recording new cases from within groups of workers from various regions. These cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the Ministry.
The MoPH noted there was also an increase in the number of infections among citizens and residents who had contact with Covid-19-positive family members, who had in turn been infected at the workplace or other locations.
All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care, MoPH has stressed.
The statement also pointed out that MoPH has launched a study to learn more about how the virus is transmitted within the community and gain more understanding of cases of infection that do not show symptoms of the disease. Through the use of drive through testing centres, invited participants complete a questionnaire.
The Ministry noted that the current period is considered to be the peak stage in the virus outbreak when numbers may continue to rise before they begin to stabilise and then gradually decline.
The high numbers of new cases are due to the Ministry's redoubling of its efforts in tracking the transitional chains of the virus and expanding the circle of searching for infected people through intensive and proactive investigations of large numbers of contacts with people who have been confirmed with the virus recently.
The MoPH noted that the number of daily tests on people depends primarily on the number of contacts with individuals confirmed to be infected with the virus, as it conducts random checks in different places of the country as a proactive measure. The number of tests performed daily is not linked to the number of cases detected in terms of any rise or fall, MoPH added.
According to a tweet from the MoPH, with a total of 4,250 people tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as many as 135,294 have been tested so far in Qatar.
There are 25,149 positive cases to date in Qatar and 22,116 currently undergoing treatment. The total number of Covid-19 deaths so far in Qatar is 14.
The MoPH renewed its call for all members of the community 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 reminds people to use a face mask as recommended and avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
Any person who has symptoms of infection with Covid-19 should quickly call the dedicated hotline on 16000, or go to one of the testing centres, as the sooner the disease is detected, the easier it will be to recover from it.
The Ministry also urged the public to visit its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.
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