The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the registration of 1,967 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 50,914 and has stated that 2,116 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 15,399. Three new deaths have been recorded bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 33 in Qatar.
Over the last 24 hours, 23 people were admitted to intensive care due to the virus, bringing the total number of cases in intensive care to 214.
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 after conducting investigations by the research and investigation teams of the MoPH that contributed to early detection of cases.\Cases of infection have also increased 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 revealed that the number of positive cases between citizens and residents witnessed a significant rise, with the number of infections relating to family gatherings, visits and sharing meals together with relatives and extended families.
The MoPH revealed that infections doubled due to family gatherings and visits between friends and extended families, and people ignoring the preventive measures recommended by the concerned authorities; the most important of which is staying at home and maintaining social distance.
The Ministry stated that the three new deaths recorded today belong to people aged 81, 50 and 25 years, who were suffering from chronic diseases and received treatment in intensive care. The Ministry of Public Health extends its sincere condolences and great sympathy to the families of the deceased.
The MoPH states that Qatar is still in the peak phase of the virus outbreak, which is seeing a rise in the number of infections recorded daily, and therefore it is necessary to adhere to, more than ever before, the preventive measures and social measures recommended. This includes maintaining physical distance from others in the workplace and public places, using a face mask and avoiding social visits to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
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. This is in addition to the tests performed on patients in health centers and emergency departments. The number of tests performed daily is not linked to the number of cases detected in terms of any rise or fall.
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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