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 5. Read below to know more about what's happening in Qatar and how the government is trying to control the situation in Week 6.
Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announces 166 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 as well as 28 more cases of recovery, taking the total number of recovered patients to 206.
Some new cases are related to travelers who came to Qatar from coronavirus-hit countries and others related to contacts, including citizens and residents. Some other new cases were reported among expatriate workers.
Qatar University's Center of Community Service and Continuing Education (CCE) announced on its webpage that The Center is offering a number of courses to the public free of charge, in line with the precautionary efforts made by the university and the state to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
These courses are a continuation of the university's approach to meet the actual needs of society, individuals and institutions. The Center strives to develop their knowledge and skills, both at a personal and professional level without leaving their homes during this period.
The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) held its first fully remote hearing, with judges, court staff and lawyers all appearing from different locations across four different countries, ensuring that access to justice is maintained during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The hearing was live-streamed to allow members of the public to observe proceedings.
Health experts from around the world will turn an international spotlight on the coronavirus pandemic next week, through a special online edition of Qatar Foundation’s Education City Speaker Series in partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Health.
The event – titled Flattening the Curve: Global Responses to COVID-19, and taking place at 4pm on Wednesday, April 15 – will see speakers from Qatar, Oman, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan, and Switzerland analyze how different countries are tackling the challenges posed by COVID-19, and the lessons the pandemic may hold for the world.
In view of the current developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the virus, both the Gharafa Al Rayyan Health Center and the Umm Salal Health Center have been designated as health facilities for testing, examination, and treatment of suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of Thursday, April 9, 2020, Gharafa Al Rayyan Health Center will operate 24 hours, while Umm Salal Health Center will operate from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior chaired the meeting held by the Council this afternoon through video communication technology. the Council decided to close the shops and suspend all commercial activities on Friday and Saturday of each week, with the exception of food and catering shops, pharmacies, and restaurants that submit external requests, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry shall determine the other necessary activities exempted from this decision, and that until further notice.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing widespread concern, fear and stress. In line with this, to provide support for people experiencing stress during COVID-19 Outbreak, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) launches mental health support services through national helpline 16000.
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced 153 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 as well as 28 more cases of recovery, taking the total number of recovered patients to 178.
Some new cases are related to travelers who came to Qatar from coronavirus-hit countries and others related to contacts, including citizens and residents. Some other new cases were reported among expatriate workers. The new cases have been put in quarantine and are receiving the necessary medical care.
H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani directed sending medical aid to the Italian Republic to support the efforts of friends in Italy to combat and contain the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19).
The aid includes sending two Qatari Amiri Air Force military aircraft loaded with two field hospitals, which are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. The area of the first field hospital is about 5,200 square meters, and the second hospital is about 4,000 square meters, with a capacity of 1,000 beds for both hospitals. The hospitals are equipped with modern technical devices and equipment for the treatment of people with coronavirus.
Staying at home to self-isolate can be mentally challenging, but it is a necessary precaution as the country works to proactively tackle COVID-19. However, reading can certainly help alleviate stress and anxiety.
As Al-Jazi Al-henzab, Project Manager of Qatar Reads, says, “Reading isn’t tied to a physical place, a specific time, or mandatory format – wherever there are words, there are stories and learning opportunities.”
And there are many benefits to reading. “It improves memory, expands vocabulary, and keeps the mind sharp. It can also have an incredibly calming effect on the reader, while lowering stress levels. And of course, it can also provide people with an escape, which is needed now more than ever,” says Al-Jazi.
To support consumers and businesses with all their remote work needs during the Coronavirus pandemic, Vodafone Qatar is offering free door-to-door delivery of any Vodafone product and service such as their unlimited local data and calls plans plus mobile Wi-Fi devices.
All you need to do is visit www.vf.qa/delivery, fill up below and Vodafone staff will contact you to confirm the order and arrange the delivery. New sim cards, home internet, mobile WI-FI plans, postpaid connection, unlimited plans, prepaid connections, mobile phones, Wi-Fi devices and more are available.
During these challenging times, social distancing has become the new normal. In line with this, public gatherings have been prohibited, several services and businesses are temporarily closed, and 80% of the workforce have been required to work from home. All are part of the precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar against the spread of COVID-19.
In lieu of face to face transactions, we now have to rely on phone calls, text messaging, emails, and mobile applications. So scroll down because we have compiled all the contact details you need amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in Qatar.
Coronavirus has become an unprecedented health challenge facing the whole world at this moment. As the coronavirus continues its march in Qatar as well, the country has massively mobilized national efforts to ensure the health and safety of citizens and residents against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Qatar has restricted the movement of population, imposed an inwards travel ban, canceled public events, banned social gatherings, closed schools in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. In addition to that, community awareness, precautionary guidelines and full compliance with the directions of health authorities have been taken to overcome the coronavirus crisis. Read the article for an overview of how Qatar is dealing with the current situation amid coronavirus breakout.
The Ministry of Public Health today announced 225 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), with the total number of people having recovered in the State of Qatar having now reached 150 cases with a further 19 recovered cases announced today. Sadly, in addition, it was also confirmed today that two patients have died.
Some new cases are related to travelers who came to the State of Qatar and others related to contacts including citizens and residents. The new cases have been put into quarantine and are receiving the necessary medical care. Ministry of Public Health conducted laboratory tests to detect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for 3710 people today, bringing the total number of tests to 41818 so far. This is owing to the use of new laboratory techniques which is helping to increase the number of tests being done and the expansion of central laboratory capacity, enabling more tests to be completed each day. There were 19 more cases of recovery recorded today, bringing the total number of recovered patients in the State of Qatar to 150.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) in coordination with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has launched severe inspection campaigns at workplaces and labor accommodations to confirm the compliance of contracting companies in implementing the precautionary and preventive measures taken by Ashghal based on the directives of MADLSA. These campaigns are part of the efforts exerted to protect workers involved in Ashghal projects from infection with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
H.E. President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al -Thani has sent a message of solidarity to the international soccer family in light of these exceptional circumstances that global football is going through in the face of the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Covid 19). QFA gesture comes within the framework of the distinguished relations that bind it with the global football family, as well as the strengthening of joint work between the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and all continental federations, with which the supreme message that football carries at this time is reflected in solidarity and joint action among all members of the football family in the world.
The number of beneficiaries of Qatar Charity's (QC) contributions in the awareness and prevention campaign against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reached 151,373 persons.
Qatar Charity, in cooperation with the concerned authorities of the country, has distributed health and awareness bags, food baskets and other materials to the beneficiaries, including workers, and volunteers participating in raising health awareness.
The health bags and foodstuffs were distributed in many areas, including industrial areas, and the Quarantine Center in Mukaynis.
In a post in its Twitter account, Hamad Medical Corporation has announced new changes in visitor policy. "In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, new restrictions are in place for visitors to HMC hospitals and facilities.
H.E. Assistant Foreign Minister and Official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater held a remote meeting with a number of United Nations representatives in the State of Qatar and the region in order to inform them about the efforts of the State of Qatar locally and internationally in combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and to answer their inquiries and questions in this regard.
The Ministry of Interior has mobilized all its capabilities in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect society from the infectious disease, by following up on the implementation of all decisions of the relevant State authorities regarding the precautionary measures and participating in community awareness campaigns.
The concerned departments have been working to ensure the adherence of the people with safety guidelines. The Al-Najda Police Department (Al-Fazaa) and the Patrol and Traffic Investigation Department of the General Directorate of Traffic are important examples in this regard.
Ministry of Public Health announced 228 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), with the total number of people now recovered having reached 131. Some new cases are related to travelers who came to the State of Qatar and others related to contacts. The new cases have been put into quarantine and are receiving the necessary medical care.
Qatar Development Bank (QDB) has announced the launch of an initiative to develop entrepreneurial ideas to contribute to reducing the repercussions of the corona pandemic (Covid 19). The bank stated that the initiative will be accomplished by launching (hackathon) (an event in which computer programmers and others meet to develop software) represents an electronic platform that opens for 3 days to give owners of innovative ideas the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial ideas that will help to deal with various problems and challenges that It is thrown by the spread of the new corona pandemic.
Katara Cultural Village in cooperation with Katara Forum for Qatari Farmers and the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) launched a campaign to distribute five tonnes of vegetables every day to those in need in Qatar.
Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said, “This campaign comes within a series of charitable and community initiatives and campaigns launched by Katara previously on many occasions, both inside and outside Qatar.”
Under this initiative, five tonnes of vegetables will be distributed on a daily basis in cooperation with the Qatari Red Crescent Society, to the needy individuals and families inside Qatar, Dr. Al Sulaiti explained.
In the implementation of the directives of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani, to support and provide financial and economic incentives amounting to QR 75 billion to the private sector, and directives of H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al -Thani, to allocate guarantees for local banks at an amount of QR 3 billion, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) launched the National Guarantee Program to provide guarantees for local banks to GRANT LOANS to affected companies, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and Qatar Central Bank (QCB) and all banks operating in the country, in response to the implications of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ministry of Public Health today announces 279 confirmed new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). It also announces that the total number of people recovered from COVID-19 in the State of Qatar has reached 123. In addition, one person has sadly died.
Some new cases of infection are due to returning travelers from countries where the epidemic is spreading or to contacts of these travelers, including citizens and residents, in addition to new cases of infection among expats. The new infected cases are now in quarantine where they are receiving necessary medical care.
In a post in its official social media accounts, the Ministry of Interior has announced that it has started using Al-Asas security robots to educate the community on the importance of preventing gatherings. The robots will also monitor the violators of this decision during its rounds as it is equipped with fixed cameras.
The Al-Asas security robots have a face recognition feature connected to the government database in the National Command Centre (NCC). Patrols will be done in residential neighborhoods and public areas to create awareness on the importance of preventing public gatherings and monitor compliance.
Qatar Foundation Vice President for Research, Development, and Innovation Dr. Richard O'Kennedy, said that Qatar Foundation (QF) is contributing to the development of researches and technologies to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Public Health announced Saturday that the competent authorities arrested four (4) 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 Ministry said in a statement that the arrest of these people came in implementation of the precautionary measures in force in the country, approved by health authorities represented in the Ministry of Public Health to ensure the achievement of public safety, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the registration of 250 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and has stated that 16 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to a total of 109.
Some of the new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection are related to travellers who recently returned from abroad or for those who have been in contact with these travellers. The new infected cases have all been placed under complete quarantine, and they are receiving all necessary medical care.
The efforts made by the volunteers of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) are crucial in supporting the health authorities, in a material representation of the solidarity of the government and people of Qatar to control COVID-19.
QRCS boasts a great pool of 15,700 volunteers from all walks of life, thanks to the wide public response to the recently launched Volunteer for Qatar campaign. Those promising young women and men substantially contribute to several services, including the provision of psychological support, health education, and logistics to the inmates of 28 quarantine locations across the country.
Ministry of Interior has banned the movement of all types of scooters and 'Jet Ski' boats from today, April 3, until further notice, to ensure the health and safety of marine sports enthusiasts.
MOI has taken this step to ensure the health and safety of everyone and is in line with the precautionary measures taken for COVID-19.
Ministry of Public Health today announces the registration of 126 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the recovery of 21 patients in the State of Qatar. Some of the new cases of infection are related to travellers who returned to the State of Qatar from abroad and were subjected to quarantine upon arrival. Other new cases were in contact with positive cases in Qatar. All newly infected cases were put into quarantine and are receiving all necessary medical care.
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