* Total Covid-19 recoveries increase to 227,656
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported on Monday that 70.3% of Qatar's total population have received both doses of the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine.
A total of 4,268,255 vaccine doses have been administered in the country since the start of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, with 15,868 doses given in the past 24 hours.
With this, 92.6% of the eligible population (12 years and over) have now received at least one dose of the vaccine and 81% both doses.
In addition, 80.4% of the total population have got at least one dose of the vaccine.
The MoPH yesterday reported 202 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 among the community, and 87 among travellers.
It also recorded 211 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 227,656.
In a statement yesterday, the MoPH stressed that it is “important to be cautious as the second wave is not yet over and there are still two highly-contagious and highly-virulent strains of the virus that are actively circulating in the community”.
The third phase of the gradual lifting of precautionary restrictions is part of a four-stage plan to be implemented over the coming months.
The date of implementation and the duration of each phase will depend on the pandemic indicators, which rely to a great extent on the degree of compliance of community members with the current measures, restrictions and guidance issued by the government.
“It is important during the current period that all members of society, including those who have received the vaccination, continue to wear masks as recommended and continue to adhere to social distancing,” the statement notes. “With Covid-19 still a threat to our health here in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures.”
These include adherence to physical distancing, avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where people congregate, wearing a face mask and washing hands regularly.
People should take the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest opportunity when their turn comes, the MoPH advised.
Anyone who is suffering from symptoms of Covid-19 should contact the 16000 helpline immediately.
This is important as the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
One can visit the MoPH website for regular updates and new information.