Qatar records 1153 virus cases Friday as recoveries cross 3500
May 15 2020 03:53 PM
Qatar covid-19


The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Friday announced the registration of 1,153 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 190 recoveries in the last 24 hours in Qatar, taking the total number of recovered cases to 3,546.
The MoPH said in a statement that the new cases are linked to expatriate workers infected as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected, in addition to new cases of infection among groups of workers in different regions. The new cases have been identified by the research and investigation teams of the Ministry.

Cases of infection have also increased among citizens and residents as a result of contact with infected family members who had been infected in the workplace or through visits and family gatherings.
The MoPH affirmed that the high number of infections among citizens and residents is due to the lack of compliance by some with precautionary measures, the most important of which is physical distancing and reducing the need to leave home except in exceptional circumstances. All the new infected cases have been quarantined and receiving the necessary medical care.
The MoPH statement added that Qatar has now entered the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily. It is therefore more important than ever to strictly follow recommended prevention and social distancing measures.
The MoPH also stressed the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection with the virus and to refrain from social visits during the rest of Ramadan as well as on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
According to the MoPH's statement, the reasons for the high numbers of new cases are due to the redoubling of efforts in tracking the transitional chains of the virus and expanding the circle of search for infected people through intensive and proactive investigations of large numbers of contacts with people who have been confirmed with Covid-19 recently.
The number of daily tests that the Ministry conducts 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 increase or decrease.
According to a tweet from the MoPH, with a total of 4,235 people tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as many as 148,173 have been tested so far in Qatar.
There are 29,425 positive cases to date in Qatar and 25,865 currently undergoing treatment. The total number of Covid-19 deaths so far in Qatar is 14.
The MoPH stressed that since the Covid-19 outbreak is at the peak stage in Qatar, it is important not to leave the house except when absolutely essential. It also stresses the importance of adhering to all measures to protect against virus infection, including maintaining social distancing both in the workplace and public places, as well as wearing a medical mask and avoiding social visits to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
The Ministry also called on anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 to either quickly contact the 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres for testing for virus. The earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
The four main testing centres are Muaither Health Centre; Rawdat Al Khalil Health Centre; Um Slal Health Centre; and Al Gharafa Health Centre, MoPH said.
The Ministry also urged the public to regularly visit its website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.

Last updated: May 15 2020 08:25 PM

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