The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the registration of 1,103 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 20,769, and has stated that 87 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 2,840. All together there have been 14 deaths from the virus to date.
The Ministry explained that most of the new cases are due to expatriate workers who have been infected with the virus as a result of contact with individuals who have been previously infected, in addition to recording new cases from within groups of workers from various regions. These cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the Ministry.
There was also an increase in the number of infections among citizens and residents who had contact with COVID-19 positive family members, who had in turn been infected at the workplace or other locations. All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care.
The Ministry of Public Health has launched a community study to learn more about how the virus is transmitted within the community and gain more understanding of cases of infection that do not show symptoms of the disease. Through the use of drive through testing centers, invited participants complete a questionnaire.
The Ministry of Public Health notes that the current period is considered to be the peak stage in the virus outbreak when numbers may continue to rise before they begin to stabilise and then gradually decline.
The reasons for the high numbers of new cases are due to the Ministry's redoubling of its efforts in tracking the transitional chains of the virus and expanding the circle of searching for infected people through intensive and proactive investigations of large numbers of contacts with people who have been confirmed with the virus recently.
The MoPH notes that the number of daily tests that it conducts on people depends primarily on the number of contacts with individuals confirmed to be infected with the virus, as it conducts random checks in different places of the country as a proactive measure. The number of tests performed daily is not linked to the number of cases detected in terms of any rise or fall.
The MoPH calls on all members of society to stay at home and not go out except in cases of necessity and to implement preventive measures and maintain physical distancing, including in the workplace and public places. 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 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.
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