The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Friday reported 208 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours. Of these 198 are community cases and 10 from travellers returning from abroad who have been quarantined. The health ministry reported the death of a 60-year-old patient who was receiving the necessary medical care.
The MoPH also recorded 220 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recovered in Qatar so far to 115,017. The MoPH issued a statement on Covid-19 developments in Qatar, which said all new cases have been transferred into isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare.
The health ministry said 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 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 due to:
*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 health ministry said even though restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic is over in Qatar as people are admitted to 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. 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 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 we continue to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.
*When spending time at home with elderly family members or those with chronic diseases, ensure you wash hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing.
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 Gharafa 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 MoPH has urged people to visit its website for regular updates and new information.
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