Have you missed the most important coronavirus (COVID-19) updates of the week? 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 11. Read below to know more about what's happening in Qatar and how the government is trying to control the situation in Week 12.
Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) has urged patients with cancer to take extra precautions to limit their exposure to COVID-19, stressing that it is committed to treating all radiotherapy patients effectively and in a safe manner.
Dr. Noora Al Hammadi, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at NCCCR is urging patients with cancer to take extra precautions to limit their exposure to COVID-19.
Qatar joins the growing list of countries that have released a mobile application to help speed up the process of contact tracing as part of its effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Google and Apple even partnered to help governments and health agencies in this regard.
EHTERAZ app was first announced last April 9, 2020, at a press conference held by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management. Starting May 22, it is a must for citizens and residents to download it. To help you with this, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the EHTERAZ app.
In a press conference held tonight by the Ministry of Public Health, the latest updates and statistics regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar were discussed. Reiterating the new precautionary measures by the Cabinet, Qatar citizens and residents are also urged to stay at home during the coming Eid Al Fitr.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation, and Dr. Muna Al Maslamani, Communicable Disease Center Medical Director, chaired the press conference.
The Ministry of Public Health announces the registration of one death, 1491 new confirmed cases of Corona virus (Covid-19), and 966 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours.
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 Ministry of Public Health that contributed to early detection of cases.
The Chairman of the Health System Committee for Accident Control at Hamad Medical Corporation Dr. Saad Al Kaabi, revealed that in the next two weeks, an additional clinical capacity will be provided in hospitals, bringing the total number of new beds that were provided as part of Qatar's strategy to face Corona epidemic (Covid-19) to approximately 3,500 beds.
Dr. Al Kaabi stressed that there is no lack of beds for patients who need hospitalization, but members of society must at the same time continue to act proactively to prevent Coronavirus infection and prevent its spread.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Tobacco Control Center has warned of the dangers of shisha smoking, especially in light of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) around the world.
The Head of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Tobacco Control Center Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla, said contrary to what many people believe, smoking shisha is substantially more harmful than smoking cigarettes.
Hamad International Airport (HIA), has implemented the latest technologies to optimize passenger and employee safety in preparation for post-COVID-19 travel. The airport will be using robotics and advanced thermal screening helmets as part of the measures being introduced for the Post-COVID-19 era.
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at Hamad International Airport said: “HIA has adapted to the changes brought on by the spread of COVID-19 on the world, especially on the travel sector. Recovery plans have been put in place with priority given to the safety and comfort of travelers and employees. These plans include the use of the latest advanced technology to achieve the highest safety standards for future travel experience.
Ministry of Public Health today announces the registration of 1637 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 735 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours.
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 State of Qatar expressed its total rejection of the allegations included in the report issued by Human Rights Watch of an alleged coronavirus outbreak in Qatar's Central Prison, affirming that this report is false.
The Government Communication Office said in a statement on Tuesday that there have been 12 confirmed cases in the Central Prison and zero deaths. Those 12 patients were transferred immediately to a secure, purpose-built medical facility operated on-site by Hamad Medical Corporation where they have received, or continue to receive, first-class medical treatment.
Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Child Development Center introduced virtual clinics for its medical and therapy programs. The initiative, which uses VSee telemedicine solution to provide medical consultations via video conferencing, is part of nationwide efforts to assure continuity of care for pediatric patients with mental and physical disabilities and developmental and learning delays while also helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of patients who are being treated in clinical spaces.
In an initiative to salute frontline and other healthcare professionals and express gratitude for their role in combating coronavirus pandemic in Qatar, aircraft from Qatari Air Force (Mohammad Bin Al Atyya Air College - Al Zaeem) performed an air show this afternoon over Hamad General Hospital and Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital.
The air show aimed to pay tribute to healthcare professionals for their dedication and great efforts exerted to curb the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and care for patients infected with the virus.
There are new precautionary measures issued after the Cabinet meeting, many shops and businesses will be stopping all commercial activities from May 19 - 30, 2020. There are exceptions and some businesses can still operate during this period. Read the article to know more!
H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior chaired the extraordinary meeting that the Council held this evening through video communication technology.
After the meeting, H.E. Dr. Isa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs made the following:
The Cabinet listened to the explanation presented by H.E. the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments and developments to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Council stressed the continuation of the work taken with precautionary measures and measures taken to combat this pandemic, and decided the following:
The Supreme Judiciary Council extended the postponement of the consideration of cases in certain courts, as it had announced on its official social media. The announcement states:
"In the context of the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the state to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), and for the safety of all, and after coordination with the relevant authorities, the Supreme Judicial Council decided to extend the postponement of the consideration of the cases before the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal, the labor dispute resolution committees and the administrative dispute settlement committees from May 31 to June 11, 2020.
Ministry of Public Health today announces the registration of 1,365 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 529 new recovered cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in the State of Qatar to 4,899.
During the last 24 hours, 19 new cases have been admitted to intensive care due to complications resulting from the infection, bringing the total number of people in intensive care units to 172. 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.
With masks now mandatory upon leaving the house, parents in Qatar have been asking whether children are exempt from this rule, especially children under the age of 2 due to the risk of suffocation.
Last May 14, the Cabinet has decided effective May 17, 2020, all are required to wear a mask outside of their residence except in the case when a person is alone while driving a vehicle. In case of non-compliance, penalties stipulated are a fine not exceeding QR 200,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years, or one of these two penalties. This decision is the latest preventive measure that Qatar has implemented to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The Social Development Centre "Nama", one of the centres under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Social Work has announced that it will continue to provide advisory services, in line with its goals to support entrepreneurs from small and micro enterprises, through the "Business and Coffee" activity, as one of the projects supporting this category.
Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) today announced that it has extended the suspension of all local sports activities till July 20, 2020. The remaining activities from the 2019-2020 sporting calendar will be resumed after that date.
QOC said in a statement today that the decision came in line with the protective measures taken by the State of Qatar to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is using state-of-the-art treatment options for patients with COVID-19 who are currently under its care. The healthcare provider has six hospitals dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 patients who require specialized care Hazm Mebeireek General Hospital, the Communicable Disease Center (CDC), The Cuban Hospital, Ras Laffan Hospital, Mesaieed Hospital, and the newly opened field hospital in Al Shahania, bringing the total bed capacity in all these facilities to more than 4,000.
Ministry of Public Health today announces the registration of 1632 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 582 people newly recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in the State of Qatar to 4370 cases. During the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health recorded 18 cases admitted to intensive care due to complications resulting from the infection, bringing the total number of cases receiving care in intensive care to 165 cases.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) urged all citizens and residents in Qatar to take every measure to keep the elderly population away and safe from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), especially as we approach Eid Al Fitr.
Global evidence has shown that while COVID-19 can affect people of all ages and health status, the elderly are much more likely to experience severe symptoms and are therefore more at risk from becoming seriously ill if they contract the illness. In response to this evidence, HMC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), have established a comprehensive plan to help protect this vulnerable group of society.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the registration of 1,547 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 30,972 and has stated that 242 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 3,788. One new death has been recorded bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 15 in Qatar.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) issued a decision to exempt certain groups from the request to access the industrial area. The decision complements the previous decisions and measures taken by the State of Qatar to prevent and limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in response to new developments and urgent public needs that do not conflict with medical and preventive data.
A press conference held by the Ministry of Public Health tonight to discuss the latest developments and statistics related to Coronavirus (Covid-19), and the spread of the virus among Qatari families and residents. Co-chair of the National Epidemic Preparation Committee Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, and Dr. Hanadi Al Hamad, national lead for healthy aging in Qatar, Medical Director of Rumailah Hospital and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute chaired the press conference.
Qatar Airways has announced that it will be resuming services to Brisbane, with three-weekly flights starting from 20 May. The flights will be operated by an Airbus A350-1000 offering 46 seats in Business Class and 281 seats in Economy Class with flights connecting through the airline’s state-of-the-art hub at Hamad International Airport, voted “Third Best Airport in the World” and “Best Airport in the Middle East” this week by Skytrax.
The Ministry of Public Health has stressed that it is working along with all the health sector institutions to provide the best possible care for the elderly and that it is stressing the measures to protect them from infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and to meet their medical and psychological needs.
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