The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported Saturday 498 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 701 recoveries in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people recovered from the disease in Qatar to 98,934.
The MoPH said in a statement all new cases have been isolated and are receiving necessary healthcare.
Measures to tackle Covid-19 in Qatar have succeeded in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the virus and the number of new daily cases and hospital admissions is continuing to decline each week, it said.
Qatar's proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled the health ministry to identify a high number of positive cases in the community.
Qatar has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world.
This is a result of 1) Qatar's young population 2) Proactive testing to identify cases early 3) Expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care, to ensure all patients receive the medical care they need 4) Protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
Even though restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic has ended in Qatar as every day between 50 and 100 people are admitted to hospital with moderate to severe Covid-19 symptoms.
"Unless we follow all precautionary measures we may experience a second wave of the virus and see numbers increasing there are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world," the health ministry said.
"Now more than ever, we must be careful and protect the most vulnerable."
While Covid-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted in Qatar, it is important for all to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures: adherence to physical distancing, wearing a face mask and washing your hands regularly.
"Most importantly, it is vital that we continue to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions."
Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres - Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharafa - for necessary checks.
This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
— Visit the MoPH website for regular updates and new information.
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