Did you know that this week saw 1 death due to COVID-19 in total and the maximum recoveries in a day were 167 recorded on 14 January 2021, while 193 was the least number of newly infected cases recorded on 10 January 2021? Here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases and deaths related to the current COVID-19 situation.
From 7 January - 14 January 2021, 766 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks in Qatar. The total figures of people not wearing masks in Qatar as of 14 January 2021, has reached a figure of 5,640 persons.
Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (7 January - 14 January 2021)
From 210 new confirmed cases reported on 7 January, the numbers decreased to 195 the next day, after which it increased to 206 on 9 January, and then decreased to 193 on 10 January. The next day, 11 January, saw 203 new infections, followed by 211 and 201 on the next two consecutive days, before increasing to 209 on 14 January, towards the end of the week.
Daily recoveries in Qatar
(7 January - 14 January 2021)
From 132 recoveries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) on 7 January, the numbers increased to 139 on 8 January, following which it decreased to 119 and then increased to 123 recoveries for the next two days. The numbers increased to 132 and then decreased to 111 the following two days. The number of recoveries saw a sharp increase to 156 on 13 January and stood at 167 on the last day of the week on 14 January.
Daily deaths in Qatar (7 January - 14 January 2021)
This week saw 1 death due to COVID-19 in total, recorded on 8 January.
COVID-19 and vaccine updates in Qatar
Qatar started the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 on December 23. Here are some of the updates in Qatar:
The Hamad Medical Corporation clarified via its social media accounts that an image with a list of "exclusion criteria" for COVID-19 vaccination that is being circulated is incorrect.
The Ministry of Public Health has announced new additions to the list of private health facilities approved to conduct PCR tests for the COVID-19 virus. According to the updated list, there are now 38 approved health facilities in Qatar.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Muna Al Maslamani, Medical Director, Communicable Disease Center, Hamad Medical Corporation and Dr. Hamad Eid Al Romaihi, Co-chairperson of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee and Director of Health Protection and Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Public Health, received the second dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar on 14 January.
Priority is given to people aged 65 years of age and above, people with severe chronic conditions and healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.
People who are eligible for the vaccine at this stage will be contacted directly by PHCC by SMS or phone call to arrange their appointment.
Soon, eligible community members will be able to call to book an appointment or to do that online.
Vaccinations at health centres will only be given to people with pre-arranged appointments.
All other community members who do not meet the criteria for the early phase of the campaign are kindly requested to wait until it is their turn.
It was also announced that around 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated to make sure that enough people have antibodies and the public can go back to normal without restrictions.
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
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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