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The Ministry of Interior has launched an awareness campaign for the communities residing in Qatar using drones. Through these drones, that roam around the different areas of the country, awareness messages are broadcast through loudspeakers, about the need to adhere to safety measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which include staying at home and abiding by the law implemented during the virus outbreak in Qatar that prevents gatherings and prayers on the roofs of buildings and homes.
The Ministry of Public Health announced on Wednesday that the competent authorities arrested 13 people who violated the requirements of the home quarantine, they committed to following, which they are legally accountable for, in accordance with the procedures of the health authorities in the country.
The SC said in a statement that the SC have utilized its existing network of medical clinics across all sites and accommodations, and implemented awareness sessions delivered on construction sites and accommodations to educate workers on the importance of prevention, and taking workers' temperatures twice daily, and the distribution of masks and sanitizers on SC projects. In case of shortage of masks, personal scarves used by workers were advised for use.
The statement added that non-essential visitors to SC construction sites prohibited and isolation rooms established on all SC sites and accommodations. Interim disinfection protocols have been implemented at site and accommodation medical facilities. All healthcare professionals are following Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) measures to control COVID-19 outbreak.
Shops in Souq Waqif and the Old Al Wakrah Souq have been exempted from their rents for four months starting from 1 April 2020, according to the Private Engineering Office, based on a report in the Qatar Tribune.
H.E. Lolwah Al Khater, the official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management led a press conference tonight at 9 pm on Qatar's newest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 & the latest statistics on the virus, that was broadcast on QatarTelevision and Alrayyan TV.
During the press conference, she stated that Qatari citizens living abroad, in addition to Qatari children, Qatari spouses, Qatari women and those with permanent residence permits, can return to Qatar at any time, subject to the quarantine condition.
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The official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, H.E. Lolwah Al Khater, chaired a press conference tonight at 9 pm on Qatar's newest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 & the latest statistics on the virus.
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As a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic all over the world, the Indian education board, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has made a decision to cancel exams for the students of class 10 and 12 in schools that are located outside of India and this includes Qatar where all Indian schools follow the CBSE curriculum, according to The Peninsula.
CBSE said that the system of marking/assessment for the purpose of declaring results will be worked out by the Board shortly and informed to these schools.
The MOPH announced 54 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and nine more patients having recovered from the virus. Some new cases are related to travellers who came to tQatar and others related to contacts. The new cases have been put into quarantine and are receiving the necessary medical care. The announcement of nine new cases of recovery brings the total cases of recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar to 71.
The Industrial Area lockdown was extended while ensuring the continued flow of food and medical supplies and continuing medical examinations. Three mobile medical units for examination, six ambulances and the allocation of three clinics within the industrial zone were allocated.
On March 17, H.E. Lolwah Al Khater mentioned that the closing of the parts of Industrial Area was done after discovering a number of cases there, which are subject to quarantine, and this decision came to the safety of the residents of the region by continuous medical examination procedures, and to prevent other areas from further spread of the virus.
The Cabinet affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat this epidemic, and to complement the decisions and actions previously taken, the Cabinet decided the following:
Extending the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers issued at its regular meeting (12) for the year 2020, held on 18 March 2020, according to which it was decided, among other things, to reduce the number of employees present at the workplace in government agencies.
All meetings held for employees and workers in the government and private sectors shall be by distance using modern technical means, and in the event that this is not possible, and in cases of necessity, the meeting shall be held by no more than (5) persons, taking into account the prevention measures determined by the Ministry of Public Health.
Stopping the temporary home services system provided by cleaning, catering, and other hospitality companies.
Reducing the number of workers who are transported by buses to half the capacity of the bus, taking into account the precautionary measures.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry continues to intensify inspection procedures for food outlets to ensure their compliance with health requirements and preventive and precautionary measures, including leaving a distance between shoppers.
The military sector, the security sector, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions employees, the health sector, oil and gas sector, employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, workers in major projects.
These decisions are effective from Thursday 2 April 2020, for a period of two weeks. During this period, the situation will be evaluated to take the appropriate decision.
As part of the ongoing COVID-19 testing for people undergoing home quarantine following return from travel, the Ministry of Public Health has launched a new drive through service to make it more convenient for people to access their tests.
Due to the impact caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar, and to support its valued Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Barwa Bank is postponing all finance installments and documentary credits dues of SMEs for six months without any additional fees or profits.
The World Health Organization (WHO) called on the countries of the world to continue to take the necessary measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
WHO said, Tuesday, the coronavirus outbreak is "far from over" in the Asian region, despite vast improvements in countries such as China and South Korea.
"This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard. We need every country to keep responding according to their local situation," WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai said at a press conference.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented by the Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs sector, announced the extension of farm possession licenses, fishing boats, fish transport means and veterinary medicines permit, and the continuation of all services obtained by the owner of the farm license such as feed exchange and water allowance, which ended during the months of March, April and May, with an extension until the end of next June.
The Ministry of Public Health announced Tuesday that the designated authorities arrested 20 people who violated the requirements of the home quarantine, they committed to following, which they are legally accountable for, in accordance with the procedures of the health authorities in the country.
A press conference was held where representatives from the Hamad International Aiport and Qatar Airways informed about the steps that have been taken to combat coronavirus in Qatar. Get more details below!
The MOPH today announces 88 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 11 more patients having recovered. In addition, it announced the second death from the virus. Some of the new cases of infection were related to people who recently returned to Qatar from overseas and to others who had had contact with people infected with the virus. All new cases were put into quarantine where they are receiving the necessary medical care.
Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers announced that they were resuming scheduled belly-hold cargo operations to China with the utilisation of wide-body and passenger-configurated aircraft effective 30 March 2020. The additional cargo capacity is being added to the carrier’s existing freighter service amid increased demand for the shipment of immediate goods in and out of the region.
The decision to reinstate belly-hold service to six of its passenger destinations in the country is in line with the airline’s initiative to continue supporting worldwide connectivity, re-establishing the global supply chain, and meeting the market’s strong demand for freight exports and imports. This includes the transportation of urgent medical relief aid that is pivotal to the global fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Qatar Charity (QC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) and the MOPH, distributed health kits to 900 workers in the Lusail area, in the presence of a number of officials of the MADLSA, QC and a number of volunteers, as a part of QC's awareness efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and try to control and reduce infections.
Mr. Khalifa Al Haroon joining #Qatar_Charity to distribute protective packs on workers as part of Qatar Charity’s campaign to support Qatari community to curb the spread of the #Coronavirushttps://t.co/YZiCjv9PX3@iloveqatar pic.twitter.com/TR6Cz7Eex8— Qatar Charity | قطر الخيرية (@qcharity) March 28, 2020
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) reiterated its warning of any gatherings in public places, including holding group prayers in the squares, rooftops, or buildings, as part of the precautionary and preventive measures against the coronavirus (COVID-19). It also warned that anyone who violated this would expose himself to imprisonment penalties for a period not exceeding three years and a fine of no more than QR 200,000 or one of these two penalties.
In cooperation with the MoI and the MOPH, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Lekhwiya Force, the MME have implemented a campaign to disinfect and sterilise the industrial area in Doha from Street No. 1 to Street No. 32 with an area equivalent to 12 million square meters. This campaign was implemented within a record time of no more than two days.
Hamad Medical Corporation’s Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital (HMGH) has been designated as a COVID-19 treatment facility from today – enabling HMC to provide high quality care for patients with COVID-19 in one single facility. Patients with COVID-19 experiencing moderate to severe symptoms will be admitted to HMGH where they will receive treatment to manage their symptoms while being closely monitored
The MOPH announced the registration of 59 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), in addition to three more cases of patients recovering from the virus. Some of the new cases of infection were related to people who recently returned to Qatar from overseas, particularly from the United Kingdom, and to others who had had contact with people infected with the virus, either from family members who live in the same house or from relatives in other homes. All new cases were put into quarantine where they are receiving the necessary medical care. The three new cases of recovery brings the total number of people to have now recovered to 51 in Qatar.
The MOPH issued a circular to private health facilities in Qatar to suspend some non-emergency health services. The circular included suspending of medical services in dental, dermatological and laser clinics, plastic surgery and surgeries, with the exception of emergency cases. It also included suspending the services of diet and nutrition centers, physiotherapy clinics and complementary medicine (alternative) of all kinds.
The Qatar Taekwondo, Judo and Karate Federation announced the postponement of the 2020 IJF Masters, scheduled to be held in Doha from 28 - 30 May, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision to postpone the tournament came at the request of the International Judo Federation (IJF), with a new date for the tournament set at another time.
The Primary Healthcare Corporation tweeted that they were starting a medication delivery service due to high interest. The service started for Qatari nationals first and would soon be implemented for everyone. The service is open between 8 am - 2 pm and 4 pm - 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday.
Following the current development of the (COVD-19) and in the interest of public health, Primary Healthcare Corporation started Medication delivery service in health Center.#stay_at_home#YourSafetyIsMySafety pic.twitter.com/7DlD9BfGsX— مؤسسة الرعاية الصحية الأولية (@PHCCqatar) March 29, 2020
The MOPH announced that the competent authorities arrested 17 people who violated the requirements of home quarantine. The pledge they committed themselves had forewarned this.The ministry said the arrest of these persons was part of the measures in force in the country and approved by the health authorities to ensure public safety, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry statement stressed whoever violates the conditions will expose himself to the penalties in line with the provisions of Article 253 of the Penal Code No. (11) of 2004, and the provisions of Law No. (17) of 1990 regarding prevention of infectious diseases, and Law No. (17) of 2002 on Protection of Community.
Upon the directives of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to support the economic and financial sector within the framework of the precautionary measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), and H.H. the Amir's directives to support and provide financial and economic incentives, amounting to QR 75 billion for the private sector, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, directed to allocate guarantees to local banks at an amount of QR 3 billion.
The MOPH announced the registration of 44 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), in addition to the recovery of three cases of those infected. Some of the new cases of infection were related to travellers who have returned to Qatar, while others were due to some contacts of cases that had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The new cases were put into quarantine where they were receiving the necessary medical care. The MOPH announced the registration of three patients who recovered, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 48.
The Supreme Judiciary Council announced that it was extending its suspension of the hearings of the Court of Appeal, the Court of First Instance, labour dispute resolution committees and rental dispute settlement committees for a period of two weeks from 29 March 2020, in the context of the precautionary and preventive efforts taken by the state to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar, according to QNA's status on its Twitter Page.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a decision to change the working hours of companies and commercial shops which will operate starting 6 AM until 7 PM. Vital services exempted from the decision as below:
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a decision to shut down all the following outlets: outlets serving hot and cold beverages, coffee shops and cafeterias. The decision is effective until further notice.
The MOPH announced the first death in Qatar due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), in addition to the registration of 28 new confirmed cases and two cases of recovery. Some new cases of infection were related to travellers who returned to Qatar and others to contacts, with new cases entered under quarantine where they were receiving the necessary medical care. The MOPH also announced the registration of two similar cases of recovery – both Qatari citizens - bringing the total number of recovery cases to 45 cases in Qatar. A 57-year-old resident of the People's Republic of Bangladesh who was suffering from chronic diseases sadly died.
The Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that, based on the circular issued by the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) No. 8 of 2020 to extend the suspension of all local sports activities from 30 March 2020 to 14 April 2020, QFA decided to extend the suspension of all sports activities and the matches that it organises until April 14.
The MADLSA issued health and employment guidelines for workers in Qatar amid coronavirus crisis.
Dear worker,— وزارة التنمية والعمل (@ADLSAQa) March 28, 2020
Please take the time to look at these key points that may aid your health and safety at your workplace given the circumstances pic.twitter.com/g7qPBJgGnH
During the fifth press conference for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management held on 24 March 2020, it was clarified that personal granted with a salary guarantee is not included in the Qatar Central Bank circular issued regarding postponing outstanding loan installments and the interests or returns resulting therefrom. According to H.E. Lolwah Al Khater, Official Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, the loan postponement was part of the directives of H.H. the Amir, which was announced during the first press conference. This applied to any of those from the affected sectors that were included in the decisions of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, for a period of six months, as of 16 March 2020.
Starting from Sunday 29 March 2020, the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) will stop receiving visitors to the Government Services Complex (Mesaimeer branch) until further notice, according to a tweet by the MADLSA.
In light of the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has activated a set of remote access channels to healthcare services at Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in collaboration with TASMU Smart Qatar, Ministry of Transport and Communicatons (MoTC), Hukoomi and Qatar Post along with notable digital solution providers. The new virtual healthcare services have been developed to ensure the safety of everyone by allowing patients to schedule an appointment with healthcare by dialing 16000 to have a virtual consultation with their healthcare provider, receiving medical advice, sick leave and get their medicine delivered to their doorstep, according to a report on the MoPH website.
Following the current development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of public health and patient safety, Sidra Medicine implemented precautionary measures for its pharmacy services:
Pharmacy on the outpatient 4th floor will remain open as usual.
Pharmacy will be providing a drive through collection service at the outpatient clinic building. Due to entry restrictions, walk-in and unscheduled requests will not be processed.
For medication requests call +974 4003 0030, Sunday to Thursday, 7.30 am to 3.00 pm.
Requests received by 10.00 am, will be ready for same day collection, between 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm.
Requests received after 10.00 am will be ready for collection the next day, between 8.00 am and 11.00 am.
Card payment only is accepted at the drive through collection point.
The MOPH announced that the competent authorities arrested 10 people who violated the requirements of home quarantine. The pledge they committed themselves had forewarned this. The ministry said the arrest of these persons was part of the measures in force in the country and approved by the health authorities.
The MOPH announced the registration of 13 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar. Some new cases were related to travellers who came to Qatar and others to contacts. The new cases were put into quarantine and were receiving the necessary medical care.
In a post on its official Twitter account, Al Meera announced that it will no longer allow children under the age of 12 to enter its branches starting Sunday, March 29, for the safety of the community.
The Qatar Chamber's (QC) Food Security and Environment Committee affirmed the importance of providing support to local producers of food products, particularly producers of poultry and vegetables. During a meeting headed by QC Board Member Mohamed bin Ahmed Al Obaidli, the committee stressed the need to overcome all obstacles facing importers of food products to ensure the flow of commodities in the local market in light of the current crisis of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Qatar Airways expanded operations to Australia to help get people home. From 29 March, Qatar Airways would add an extra 48,000 seats to the market to help stranded passengers get home.
A press conference was held headed by H.E. Lolwah Bint Rashid Al Khater, Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, on the latest developments and prudential decisions taken by Qatar to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19)
As part of the continued efforts by Qatar to reduce gatherings and implement the necessary preventive measures to halt the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the MOCI Qatar decided to completely shut down the following non-essential businesses starting 27 March 2020: all cafes and cafeterias, education services and support centres, centres providing arts, theatrical and entertainment services, wedding and event services shops, shoe and watch repair kiosks. Aside from these, shops opening hours are 6 am to 7 pm, and they are not allowed to operate at other times. Vital sectors determined by the Cabinet, food stores (supermarket/grocery), pharmacies, and delivery services including food delivery (restaurants) were excluded.
There were 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar announced, including three citizens coming from Europe, all of whom were subject to quarantine and in a stable condition. Two cases who recovered were also announced, bringing the total of people recovered to 43.
H.H. the Amir issued Law No. 9 of 2020 amending some of the provisions of the Decree Law No 17 of 1990 on the prevention of infectious diseases. Under the law, the provisions of articles 4 of Decree Law No. 17 of 1990 would provide for that burden of reporting stipulated in the previous article falls on every doctor who examines someone who is infected or suspected of having an infectious disease; the infected person and their guardian, the president or representative of the infected person's university, institute or school, infected person's direct manager -if the infection took place or suspected to have taken place during performing work duties-, and on the employer, in case of expatriates, whether the infection took place inside or outside the state; when any of them knows about it. For those who violate 'home quarantine" during this COVID-19 outbreak is punishable by imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QAR 200,000, or by either of these two penalties.
The Ministry announced the arrival of the first shipments of medical masks and sterilisers with the support and support of the transportation group of the Qatar Amiri Air Force. The ministry will supervise its distribution to all sales outlets through a mechanism that guarantees its reach to all consumers.
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