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Posted On: 23 July 2020 09:25 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 21 Updates

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We've changed the format of our weekly coronavirus updates in Qatar. From now on, we'll be showing you the weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases and deaths related to the coronavirus.

Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (16 - 23 July 2020)

From 494 coronavirus cases receiving treatment on 16 July, the numbers have been steadily declining on an almost daily basis except on 22 July, when the number of cases increased to 441 on 22 July.

The lowest numbers this week were on 19 July, when the numbers decreased to the lowest so far at 340 new cases.

Daily recoveries in Qatar (16 - 23 July 2020)

From 531 recoveries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) on 16 July, the numbers have declined slowly with the lowest number of recoveries at 354 on 19 July, which may seem like the number of recoveries is going down, but when compared to the number of daily cases above which are also steadily decreasing, the numbers are almost equal.

Daily deaths in Qatar (16 - 23 July 2020)

From 1 death on 16 July, the numbers have, on the average, varied between 1 and 3, with the maximum number of deaths on 19 July and 22 July at 3 each. The average number of deaths was 1 death per day as can be seen of five days of the week on 16 July, 17 July, 18 July, 21 July and 23 July showing a general decreasing trend in the number of deaths recorded in this week.

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 – everyday between 50 and 100 people are admitted to hospital with moderate to severe coronavirus (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. ​

    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 this coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Qatar will end? What are you doing to flatten the curve? Are you following all the SOPs? Do let us know your thoughts in our Comments section. Like and share the article - it keeps us going!