The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) figures here in Qatar. Check them out below:
Summary of new infections, recoveries and deaths
216 confirmed new cases infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 118,994. Of these positive cases, 196 are local infections recorded among community members and 20 cases among travellers returning from abroad who are subject to quarantine.
228 people recovered from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 115,895.
One new death was recorded in the past 24 hours for an 81-year-old who was undergoing treatment. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths to date in Qatar to date is 198.
All new cases are in isolation and are receiving the necessary health care according to their health status.
Current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Measures to tackle coronavirus (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 us to identify a high number of positive cases in the community.
Qatar has one of the lowest coronavirus (COVID-19) death rates in the world. This is a result of:
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 – everyday between 50 and 100 people are admitted to hospital with moderate to severe COVID-19 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 of coronavirus (COVID-19) are gradually being lifted in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following the following precautions:
Remain committed to social distancing.
Avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
Wear a face mask as recommended when out of the house.
Wash hands with soap and water regularly; if not available use a sanitiser.
It is important that we continue to protect the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases and remind their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits.
Call the toll free 24/7 coronavirus hotline at 16000 for information or if you have COVID-19-like or 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. The four main testing centres are:
Muaither Health Centre
Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre
Um Slal Health Centre
Al Gharafa Health Centre
What you can do to stay safe
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.
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