The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday announced 199 new confirmed cases of coronavirus during the last 24 hours, of which 188 are from community cases and 11 from travellers returning from abroad. They have all been placed under quarantine.
The MoPH also recorded 212 recoveries during the same period, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 122,911.
In a statement, the ministry said m,easures to tackle Covid-19 have succeeded in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the virus.
The number of new cases and hospital admissions is continuing to decline each week, it said.
"Qatar's proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled us to identify a high number of positive cases in the community", the statement said, adding the country 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, Qatar's young population, proactive testing to identify cases early, expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care, to ensure all patients receive the medical care and protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases."
Even though restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the pandemic is over in Qatar as people continue to be admitted with moderate to severe Covid-19 symptoms, the ministry said.
"Unless we follow all precautionary measures, we may experience a second wave and see the numbers increasing - there are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world."
The ministry urged people to avoid close contact with others, and keep away from crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people gather.
"Now more than ever, we must be careful and protect the most vulnerable," it said.
While the restrictions are gradually being lifted, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures, the ministry said:
*Adherence to physical distancing.
*Avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.
*Wearing a face mask and
*Washing hands regularly.
"Most importantly, it is vital that we 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 get tested: Muaither, Rawdat Al Khail, Umm Slal, or Al Gharafa Health Centres, the ministry said.