The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Wednesday announced the registration of 1,901 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 1,506 new recoveries and two new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered people in Qatar to 37,542.
The reason for the large increase in the number of recoveries is due to the application of the latest international recommendations regarding the criteria for recovering from Covid-19 infection, approved by the MoPH.
Over the last 24 hours, the ministry also recorded 15 new patients being admitted to intensive care due to health complications resulted from being infected with the virus, bringing the total number of cases currently in intensive care to 237.
The MoPH stated that the new Covid-19 cases are expatriate workers infected as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected, in addition to recording new cases of infection among groups of workers in different areas, and identified through investigations by the research and investigation teams of the MoPH.
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 revealed that the infections among citizens and residents have increased, as the number of cases has doubled due to family gatherings and visits between friends and extended families, in addition to people ignoring the preventive measures recommended by the authorities concerned in the country; the most important of which is staying at home, avoiding visits and maintaining social distancing.
The new confirmed cases of infection have been admitted to complete isolation in the various medical facilities in the country, where they receive the necessary healthcare according to the health status of each case.
The MoPH stated that the two new deaths recorded Wednesday are of people aged 48 and 53 years, respectively, who received the necessary medical care in intensive care. The ministry offered sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the deceased.
According to a tweet from the MoPH, with a total of 5,339 people tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, as many as 236,437 have been tested so far in Qatar. The total number of infected people in Qatar since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak is 62,160.
The total number of current active cases is 24,573. The total number of people currently under acute hospital care is 1,556, including 245 acute hospital admissions in the last 24 hours. The total number of Covid-19 deaths so far in Qatar is 45.
The ministry urged 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 of the virus, as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to treat and recovery chances will be higher and faster.
The four main testing centres are: Muaither Health Centre, Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre, Um Slal Health Centre; and Al Gharafa Health Centre.
The MoPH stated that Qatar is still in the peak phase of the Covid-19 outbreak, which is witnessing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily, therefore it is necessary to adhere more than ever before to the preventive measures and social measures recommended.
The ministry 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, including refraining from social visits.
The MoPH stressed that because the Covid-19 outbreak is at the peak stage in Qatar, it is important not to leave the house except when it is absolutely essential. It also stressed the importance of adhering to all measures to protect against the virus infection, including maintaining social distancing both in the workplace and in public places, as well as wearing a medical mask and avoiding social visits to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
The MoPH also recommended visiting the website regularly to view the latest information and instructions related to Covid-19.
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