The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Friday announced 291 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, two deaths and 311 recoveries during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 180 and the recoveries in Qatar to 1,06,849. The Ministry said the deceased patients were aged 64 and 75 and were receiving the necessary medical care.
All the new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare according to their health status, MoPH said.
The measures to tackle Covid-19 in Qatar have succeeded as is evident from the flattening of the growth graph of the daily number of cases, the limited spread of the virus and number reduced number of hospital admissions each week, the Ministry said.
It is the proactive and extensive testing has enabled Qatar to identify the positive cases promptly, the Ministry added.
MoPH also pointed out that Qatar has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world which is a result of very high quality of care provided thorough the public healthcare sector, Qatar’s predominantly young population, proactive testing to identify the cases early, the expanding of hospital capacity, especially the intensive care facilities and the special care taken to protect the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
Even though the restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic no more exists in Qatar, the Ministry cautioned. Even now, considerable number of people are being admitted to hospitals with moderate to severe symptoms of Covid-19, MoPH pointed out.
Unless all the precautionary measures are followed, Qatar may experience a second wave of the virus and see the number of cases going up, as it is already happening many other countries around the world, the Ministry warned.
The Ministry urged all to play their role in controlling the virus, even as the restrictions are being lifted, by following the precautionary measures like adhering to physical distancing.
avoid close contact with others, not being present at crowded places, not getting into confined closed spaces where other people congregate, wearing face masks, washing hands regularly and most importantly, continuing to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.
The Ministry urged all to take care to wash hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing, while spending time at home with elderly family members or those with chronic diseases.
Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centers - those at Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, and Al Gharafa -to undergo the necessary checks, the Ministry said, This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it. MoPH also recommended visiting its website for regular updates and new information on the pandemic.
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