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Posted On: 15 October 2020 07:10 pm
Updated On: 15 October 2020 07:09 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 33 Updates

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Did you know that this week saw 232 as the highest number in recoveries while 178 was the least number of newly infected cases? We are in the second part of Phase 4 of the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions in Qatar and here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases and deaths related to the current situation.

READ: Here are the latest updates regarding COVID-19 in Qatar and the decisions by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management.

Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (8 October - 15 October 2020)

From 213 new confirmed cases reported on 8 October, the numbers have decreased to 206 and 178 in the next two consecutive days, after which it increased to 207 on 11 October. The next day saw one less in new cases and stood at 214 on 13 October, before dropping to 198 and increasing by 2 numbers to 200 on 15 October, at the end of the week.

Daily recoveries in Qatar (8 October - 15 October 2020)

From 219 recoveries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) on 8 October, the numbers saw a spike on the next day at 232, following which it decreased to 208, before increasing to 211 on 11 October. The number of recoveries decreased to 198 and 197 on the following two consecutive days and increased to 211 and 218 on 14 and 15 October respectively.

Daily deaths in Qatar (8 October - 15 October 2020)

This week saw 4 deaths in total, recorded on 9, 11 and 15 October, with the rest of the days of the week seeing no deaths reported. Qatar is marching strongly marching forward in curbing the coronavirus pandemic in the country, thanks to the efforts of the MoPH and the entire medical community and this week, the Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, said, “In the past week we noticed a slight decrease of about 15% compared to the previous week. We can describe the situation of the country at this point as being steady or stable and we are not witnessing a second wave-like in many other countries.”

Coronavirus updates in Qatar over the week

The MoPH recently added to its previous list and approved a total of 31 health centres for conducting COVID-19 swabs. To know the complete list of approved health centres, click here.

Flattening the curve

  • 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:
    1. Qatar’s young population
    2. Proactive testing to identify cases early
    3. Expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care,  to ensure all patients receive the medical care they need
    4. Protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
  • Even though restrictions are being lifted, and the numbers are declining, this does not mean that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is finished in Qatar.
  • 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. ​

    What you can do to stay safe

    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:
      1. Muaither Health Centre
      2. Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre
      3. Um Slal Health Centre
      4. 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.

    When do you think the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will end in Qatar? Are you following all the SOPs? Do let us know your thoughts in our comments section. Do like and share the article - it keeps us going!