The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced yesterday 225 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) during the last 24 hours, of which 216 are from community cases and nine from travellers returning from abroad, who are subject to quarantine.
The MoPH also recorded 249 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recovered in Qatar to 121,512.
The MoPH issued a statement on Covid-19 developments in Qatar, which said all new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare.
It 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.
Qatar’s proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled us 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
Qatar’s young population
Proactive testing to identify cases early
Expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care, to ensure patients receive medical care
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 is over in Qatar. People continue to be admitted 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 and there are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world.
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:
Avoid close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where people gather
We must be careful and protect the most vulnerable
Adherence to physical distancing
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 your hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing.
Those 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 at Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharrafa.
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