The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced on Friday 249 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, in the last 24 hours, of which 201 are from community cases and 48 from travellers returning from abroad. The ministry also recorded 271 recoveries in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 127,599. In addition, the Ministry announced a new death, a 70 year-old who received the necessary medical care. All new cases have been introduced to isolation and are receiving necessary healthcare according to their health status.
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 the authorities 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.
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 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 the 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 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.
Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the 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. Visit the MoPH website for regular updates and new information.