The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the registration of 1,716 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 73,595 and has stated that 1,844 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 49,413. Unfortunately, 4 new deaths have also been reported bring the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to date in Qatar to 66.
The Ministry states that in the last 24 hours 15 new cases have been admitted to intensive care due to health complications resulting from infection with the virus, bringing the total number of cases currently in intensive care to 226.
The Ministry also states that there has been a small decrease in the number of acute coronavirus (COVID-19) positive patients being admitted to intensive care thanks to the measures taken by the Ministry of Public Health and the concerned authorities to limit the spread of the virus, the most important of which is the early detection of the virus which can contribute significantly to reducing the severity of infection.
The Ministry states that the new cases are due to expatriate workers who were infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who were previously infected, in addition to recording new cases of infection among groups of workers in different regions. The new cases have been identified through track and trace team at the MoPH.
Cases of infection have also increased significantly among citizens and residents as a result of contact with infected family members who had been infected in the workplace or through visits and family gatherings. The new confirmed cases of infection have been introduced to complete isolation in the various medical facilities in the country, where they receive the necessary healthcare according to the health status of each case.
The Ministry states that the four deaths recorded today belong to three people aged 74, 54 and 56 years old who were suffering from several chronic diseases, while the fourth death is due to a person aged 55 years who did not have any existing chronic disease. All of them received medical care in intensive care units.
The MoPH offers sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the deceased.
The Ministry states that, based on the extensive data and studies conducted by the concerned authorities in the country, Qatar will begin, starting next Monday, June 15, to lift the restrictions imposed to combat the epidemic gradually in four stages that will last until September 1.
In this context, it is stressed that the application of preventive measures and measures must continue to be implemented in the stages of gradually lifting the imposed restrictions that were applied in the country as a result of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as failure to adhere to precautionary measures during the next stage will lead to the return of the virus to the country.
The Ministry also points out that the measures applied by the state in the early stages, in February, contributed greatly and effectively to controlling the extent of its spread. This also helped in expanding the capacity of the health system to deal with all cases contrary to what happened in some countries that failed to implement precautionary measures early enough, which led to the collapse of their health system and an inability to handle the large numbers of cases.
The MoPH stresses that the gradual lifting of restrictions came after a thorough study of the reality in Qatar and from similar experiences in many countries of the world that have succeeded in limiting the spread of the virus after lifting the restrictions imposed in a gradual and gradual way.
The Ministry warns that lifting the restrictions gradually does not mean the disappearance of the coronavvirus (COVID-19), but was during the development of the gradual lifting plan, taking into account priorities, while being careful to avoid the risks that may arise as a result of the lifting process. Each stage will be subject to evaluation and review based on the extent of the virus’s spread – as the success of each stage depends on the commitment of everyone to implement the required precautions.
The MoPH also stresses that the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world posed a great challenge to all countries and affected each country in a different way. Therefore, it is important to realize that all the precautionary measures are aimed at primarily to protecting public health and individuals from this virus, taking into account all other aspects of life, whether social or economic.
The Ministry reminds people to use a face mask as recommended and avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. The Ministry also stresses the importance for the elderly or those suffering from chronic diseases and their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits.
The Ministry also recommends that you regularly visit the MoPH website to view the latest information and instructions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the most up-to-date guidance on how to stay safe.
Call the toll free 24/7 coronavirus hotline at 16000 for information or if you have flu-like symptoms. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
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