The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported on Thursday 307 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), and 286 recoveries from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the disease in Qatar to 107,135. There were also two new deaths, both patients aged 63 years and who were receiving the necessary medical care.

The MoPH issued a statement on CovidD-19 developments in Qatar, which said all new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare according to their health status.

The ministry said that 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.

Qatar's proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled the country to identify a high number of positive cases in the community, it said adding that Qatar has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world. This is a result of:

*Very high quality of care provided thorough the public healthcare sector for Covid-19 patients.

*Qatar's young population.

*Proactive testing to identify cases early.

*Expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care, to ensure all patients receive the medical care they need.

*Protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

The ministry said that even though restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic is over in Qatar. Every day between 50 and 100 people are admitted to hospital with moderate to severe Covid-19 symptoms.

Unless people follow all precautionary measures, the country 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.

Now more than ever, people must be careful and protect the most vulnerable.

While the restrictions of Covid-19 are gradually being lifted in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures:

*Adherence to physical distancing.

*Avoid close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.

*Wearing a face mask

*Washing hands regularly.

Most importantly, it is vital that people 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 to undergo the necessary checks: Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharrafa health centres. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.

The ministry has urged the public to visit its website for regular updates and new information.

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