The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday announced 234 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 257 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours. Of the 234 new cases, 215 are community spread cases and 19 are from travelers returning from abroad, MoPH said in a statement. The total number of recoveries from Covid-19 now in Qatar is 121995.
The Ministry added that all the new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare according to their health status.
About the current status of Covid-19 in the country, the Ministry said the following:
* 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 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.
The Ministry also cautioned that, even though the restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic is finished in Qatar – people are still being admitted to hospitals with moderate to severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Unless all precautionary measures are followed, the country may experience a second wave of the virus and see numbers increasing as it is already happening in other countries around the world, MoPH added.
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 sticking to the following precautionary measures, MoPH said:
*Adhering to physical distancing.
* Avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.
* Wearing a face mask.
* Washing hands regularly.
* Protecting the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. When spending time at home with elderly family members or those with chronic diseases, it is to be ensured that hands are washed regularly, masks are worn and social and physical distancing are maintained.
The Ministry also said that anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the following designated health centers to undergo the necessary checks: Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharafa Health Centers. 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 urged all to visit its website for regular updates and new information.
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