Qatar Sunday reports 204 new Covid-19 Cases, 188 recoveries and one death
October 18 2020 12:31 PM
MoPH

QNA/Doha

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) on Sunday announced 204 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and the death of a patient aged 51, who was receiving the necessary medical care.  Of the 204 new cases, 181 are from community cases and 23 from travelers returning from abroad, MoPH said.
The ministry also recorded 188 recoveries in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 126,406. 
All new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare according to their health status, MoPH added.


On the current Covid-19 status, 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
-Protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
The Ministry also said that, even though restrictions are being lifted, and numbers are declining, this does not mean that the Covid-19 pandemic is finished in Qatar people continue to be admitted 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 there are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world.Now more than ever, all must be careful and protect the most vulnerable.

The MoPH also said that 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:
-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 the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions are protected.

When spending time at home with elderly family members or those with chronic diseases, it is to ensured that hands are washed regularly, masks are worn and social and physical distancing are maintained.
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 recommended visiting the ministry's website for regular updates and new information.

Last updated: October 18 2020 12:33 PM


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