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Posted On: 7 May 2020 01:58 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 10 Updates

Khadiza Begum
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Have you missed the most important coronavirus (COVID-19) updates of the week on the coronavirus in Qatar Weekly Update? Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates and latest developments in the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Qatar.

Here's what happened in Week 9. Read below to know more about what's happening in Qatar and how the government is trying to control the situation in Week 10.

6 May 2020 10:20 pm

Primary Health Care Corporation launches remote medical certification service

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The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) announced the launch of a set of remote health care services by relying on digital solutions, including the issuance of medical certificates online.

This new service allows patients to request a medical certificate online, as the certificate is issued through the PHCC website, the patient can then download the medical certificate after entering their health card number through the link available on the PHCC website.

6 May 2020 05:56 pm

MoPH closes 5 private medical centers for not suspending some non-emergency health services

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The Ministry of Public Health announced the closure of five private medical centers and referred them to the Health Prosecution for violating the decision to suspend some non-emergency health services in private health facilities, as part of precautionary measures and measures to combat the epidemic (Covid-19) and to ensure the safety of patients and medical personnel.

The Ministry had caught the violations during its inspection visits to health facilities in the country.

6 May 2020 02:45 pm

Qatar Airways to gradually reinstate suspended destinations by end of May and June

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Qatar Airways will soon begin a phased approach to expanding its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. Having maintained flights to at least 30 destinations where possible during this crisis and to most continents, helping to take over 1 million people home, the airline has been in a unique position to closely monitor global passenger flows and booking trends to confidently begin planning the gradual reintroduction of additional flights and destinations to its network.

6 May 2020 01:21 pm

MoPH announces 830 new confirmed cases, 146 new recovered cases of COVID-19 in Qatar

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Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 830 confirmed new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as 146 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of recovered cases in the State of Qatar to 2070.

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 – theses cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the Ministry.

6 May 2020 09:49 am

QEERI monitors environmental conditions to help anticipate COVID-19 transmission

The Energy Center at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), continues to monitor environmental conditions such as solar radiation, temperature, and humidity, which may, in turn, help Qatar anticipate the transmission of COVID-19.

Scientists at QEERIs Energy Center have highlighted that it may be possible to assess the risk of contagion through solar resource and meteorological monitoring if exposure to the right combination of sunlight levels, temperatures, and absolute humidity could reduce the viability of the COVID-19 virus.

6 May 2020 01:53 am

Closed part of Industrial Area to reopen with reorganized exit and entry starting May 6

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In continuation of the procedures for the gradual reopening of the Industrial Area, which started with Street One, Street Two and al-Wakalat Street, the closed part of the Industrial Area from Street One to Street 32, will operate under new procedures that reorganize the exit and entry from Wednesday 6 May onward. These procedures will follow all precautionary measures specified by the Ministry of Public Health and take into consideration the health and safety of the residents and society.

This decision was preceded by proactive testing in the Area, transferring over 6,500 workers to precautionary quarantine facilities, and providing free, quality healthcare inside and outside the Area to everyone infected.

5 May 2020 09:50 pm

Temporary drive through COVID-19 swabbing survey to be conducted as part of study

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The Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with Primary Health Care Corporation, Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance, Laboratories, and Qatar University, will operate drive through swabbing hubs for COVID-19 at three PHCC health centres for two days, as announced in a post in PHCC's Twitter account.

The aim of this exercise is to conduct a community survey and gain more insight into community transmission and asymptomatic cases, which will, in turn, inform policy decisions. These temporary drive through swabbing hubs are by referral only.

5 May 2020 07:28 pm

NHRC launches COVID-19 awareness campaign for corporate, domestic workers

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), in coordination with representatives of its expat offices, launched an awareness campaign targeting corporate workers, including workers in recruiting companies and domestic workers.

The campaign included field visits to workers in the Industrial Area, Umm Salal, Al Wakrah, Al Duhail, and Al Thumama. In the future it will include other areas where expatriate workers are located. The campaign distributes instructions, brochures, and educational publications that focus on the preventive measures that must be followed to prevent the risk of infection with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign also raises the awareness of workers on the importance of using the hotline launched by the NHRC, to receive and monitor any complaints they have regarding violations that may affect their rights, especially due to the repercussions of the new Coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19).

5 May 2020 01:41 pm

Qatar reports 951 new confirmed cases, 114 new recovered cases of COVID-19

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Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 951 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as well as 114 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the State of Qatar to 1,924

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 – theses cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the Ministry.

5 May 2020 01:32 pm

Repatriation of Indians: Two special flights to operate from Doha to India

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The Government of India has decided to operate two special flights from Doha to India, according to a press release published by Indian Embassy in Qatar.

As per current information, the first one will be from Doha to Kochi on 7th May 2020 and the second from Doha to Thiruvananthapuram on 10th May 2020. The passenger lists for both these flights will be finalized by the Embassy on the basis of registrations made in the Embassy website for this purpose. Priority will be given to pregnant women, urgent medical cases, workers in distress, senior citizens as well as to other people who are stranded in difficult situations.

5 May 2020 09:46 am

Ministry issues report on effectiveness of distance learning

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The Ministry of Education and Higher Education released the sixth report on the distance learning system, including data and information for many important aspects that were measured about the effectiveness of the distance learning platform in school education in the State of Qatar, and the latest developments compiled until April 30, along with a review of several statistics and conclusions.

The report included graphs, statistics, and data on the total number of video lessons that were produced until April 30 for public education students, specialized schools, audio education and integration schools, in addition to daily and weekly assessments, and the number of lessons published on 19 YouTube channels for the stages from kindergarten to 12th grade and adult education.

5 May 2020 09:40 am

Qatar reaffirms its commitment to protecting migrant workers amid COVID-19

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The State of Qatar has affirmed its commitment to preserving the dignity of expatriates and ensuring the continuation of the decent work environment in the State of Qatar and protecting expatriate workers from the negative effects arising from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This came during the remote meeting organized by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, and expatriate community leaders in the State of Qatar and Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) and a number of international labour leaders on the occasion of the celebration of International Workers Day.

5 May 2020 12:14 am

How to put on, use, take off, dispose of a mask

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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has recently released an infographic on how to properly and safely use masks.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Before touching the mask, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 40 seconds or rub them with an alcohol-based hand gel for 20 seconds.
  • Take the mask and inspect it for tears or holes.
  • Orient which side is the top side (where the metal strip is).
  • Make sure to wear the mask correctly with the coloured side facing outwards and the white side inwards.
  • To attach the mask, place the two rubber bands behind your ears. Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge of the mask so it should mould to the shape of your nose.
  • Pull down the mask's bottom so it covers the mouth and chin.
  • After use: take off the mask; remove electric loops from behind the ears while keeping the mask away from your face and clothes, to avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces.
  • Discard the mask immediately after using it by placing it inside a bag and then in a bin.
  • Perform hand hygiene after touching or discarding the mask by washing them thoroughly with soap and water or rubbing them with a 70% alcohol-based sterilizer.

4 May 2020 08:06 pm

Proper nutrition and hydration essential during COVID-19 pandemic: HMC

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Proper nutrition and hydration are vital in ensuring people stay healthy, physically, and emotionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reem Al Saadi, Director of Dietetics and Nutrition at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) says. She says paying extra attention to what you eat and drink is particularly important for people who have chronic health conditions and anyone who has a history of an eating disorder or disordered eating.

4 May 2020 02:12 pm

Qatar records 640 new confirmed cases, 146 new recovered cases of COVID-19

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MOPH today announced 640 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), and 146 recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered cases in ​Qatar to 1810. All the new infected cases have been quarantined where they are receiving the necessary medical care. The Ministry of Public Health stated that during the current period it expects to see a fluctuation in the number of cases of infection.

4 May 2020 09:39 am

Qatar Charity distributes health bags to workers at Al Furjan and Al Mazroua markets

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Qatar Charity continues to distribute protective supplies and awareness materials to workers in cooperation with many concerned authorities of the country.

This falls within Qatar Charity’s continued efforts to fight the spread the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Qatar Charity has distributed health supplies and awareness leaflets to workers in Al Furjan Markets, in the partnership with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor, Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health, and in cooperation with the Qatar Development Bank.

3 May 2020 03:05 pm

Qatar reports 679 new confirmed cases, 130 new recovered cases of COVID-19

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Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 679 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), with 130 people having recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases of recovery in the State of Qatar to 1664 cases. 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 – theses cases have been identified as a result of investigations carried out by the Ministry.

2 May 2020 09:02 pm

High blood pressure patients are more susceptible to complications from COVID-19

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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has warned that patients with high blood pressure may be at greater risk of developing severe complications if they are infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), therefore they must take more preventive measures to prevent this infection.

Dr. Mawahib Ali El Hassan, Acting Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at HMC's Heart Hospital said patients who have high blood pressure may be more susceptible to complications from COVID-19 and should take extra precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

2 May 2020 01:35 pm

776 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, 98 new recoveries recorded in Qatar: MoPH

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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the registration of 776 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 14,872, and has stated that 98 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 1,534. All together there have been 12 deaths from the virus to date.

1 May 2020 11:29 pm

Qatar Olympic Committee extends suspension of all local sports activities until May 14

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Qatar Olympic Committee on their official Twitter handle mentioned that it has extended the suspension of all local sports activities until the 14th of May in lieu of precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

1 May 2020 02:07 pm

Qatar records 2 deaths, 687 new confirmed cases, 64 new recovered cases of COVID-19

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Ministry of Public Health today announces 687 confirmed new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), and 64 recovery from the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 1,436. In addition, the Ministry announces that 2 people had died from the virus in the last 24 hours.

30 April 2020 11:20 pm
MoPH holds conference to discuss latest developments on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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In a press conference held this evening by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. Abdullatif Mohamed Al Khal who is the Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Dr. Enas Al Kuwari, Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at HMC talked about the latest developments with regards to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar and the latest testing procedures for the virus.

30 April 2020 10:10 pm

Minister of Public Health presents Qatar’s strategy to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading to WHO ​​

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Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health (MoPH), provided officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) with an overview of Qatar’s strategy to contain and curb the spread of COVID-19, which has focused heavily on contact tracing to isolate, test, and treat as part of breaking the chain of transmission. Qatar has received global recognition for its efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic due to having one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.