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Posted On: 23 April 2020 06:07 pm
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Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 8 Updates

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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 7. Read below to know more about what's happening in Qatar and how the government is trying to control the situation in Week 8 ( April 16 to 23, 2020)

23 April 2020 01:38 pm

Safety measures when using home delivery services

The Government Communications Office has released a video showing the "precautionary measures and hygiene best practices when using online home delivery services to protect both yourself and Qatar's wider community from Coronavirus (COVID-19)", in its official Twitter account.

23 April 2020 01:18 pm

61 recover as Qatar announces 623 new cases of COVID-19

Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 623 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the recovery of 61 cases, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 750.

23 April 2020 12:58 am

Ministry announces initiative to protect elderly from COVID-19

The Ministry of Culture and Sports announced, in cooperation with the Centre for Elderly Empowerment & Care (Ehsan) and other State bodies, the launch of an initiative to deliver essential materials and other daily needs to the elderly.

22 April 2020 08:07 pm

Ministry of Endowments announces continuation of closure of mosques, suspension of prayers in mosques

The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs announced the continuation of the closure of mosques and the suspension of congregational prayers (the five obligatory prayers and Friday prayers) until the condition of safety and tranquility for the worshipers is met, while the call to prayer (Adhan) in all mosques continues.

22 April 2020 05:25 pm

Wearing of masks to be compulsory for shoppers, service, and contracting sectors

The Cabinet decided the following and this decision is effective from Sunday 26/4/2020 until further notice.

Employees and workers in the government and private sectors whose work requires providing services to the public and clients are obliged to wear masks while carrying out their duties and tasks, and clients are required to wear masks. Officials in the government and private sectors should take the necessary measures to prevent the entry of clients who are not committed to that.

Shoppers are obligated to wear masks before they enter the food and catering stores and during shopping, and those responsible for these shops must take the necessary measures not to allow the entry of shoppers who do not comply with this decision.

Workers in the contracting sector are obligated to wear masks while carrying out their duties and tasks, and officials in this sector should provide these masks and adhere to the established precautionary measures.

22 April 2020 03:26 pm

H.H. the Amir issues order to pardon prisoners in light of COVID-19 pandemic

H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Wednesday an Amiri gesture pardoning a number of prisoners in consideration of the health and humanitarian conditions in light of the current situation in the country as a result of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

22 April 2020 02:44 pm

Sidra Medicine Research develops new method for COVID-19 testing

Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, has developed a new COVID-19 virus testing method. The method addresses the challenge of global shortages in conventional kits, by proposing a different RNA (ribonucleic acid) extraction using alternative test components.

22 April 2020 02:26 pm

608 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22, 1 new death as 75 recover

The Ministry of Public Health announces the registration of 608 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the recovery of 75 cases, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 689. The Ministry also announces that one additional person has sadly died from coronavirus.

22 April 2020 11:00 am

How to keep children with Autism busy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation

Since it's important for children with Autism to follow a routine, these children may feel unsettled when it abruptly changes, and even though they may not understand what is going on when they see the people around them looking worried or upset, they may have more outbursts than normal, feel aggressive, not comply amongst other such behaviours.

We had the chance to talk to Hasna Nada, the Founder, and CEO of the Child Development Center (CDC) in Qatar, which was established in 2013, and is made up of a network of internationally qualified and licensed professionals who offer child-centered and evidence-based early detection and intervention for children with developmental delays, including the Autism Spectrum Disorder (or just Autism), and Kamila Janik, MSc, BCBA who is CDC's Clinical Program Lead about how to keep children with Autism busy and reduce their anxiety at a time like this.

22 April 2020 09:37 am

Qatar Charity & Waseef organise awareness campaigns for workers to fight coronavirus

Qatar Charity, in cooperation Waseef, a property management company, has organized awareness and preventive campaigns to combat coronavirus (COVID-19), targeting workers residing in the projects run by Waseef.

22 April 2020 12:49 am

MoI arrests 4 for violating decision preventing gatherings in public places

The Ministry of Interior announced Tuesday that it arrested four people who violated the decision preventing gatherings in public areas, which was issued as part of the precautionary measures from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The ministry added that it verified a video of the four people on Maroona Beach, adding that the person who filmed them was referred to the competent prosecution.

21 April 2020 11:05 pm

Employees' wages, benefits should not change as a result of working from home: Ministry

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs has issued guidelines for temporary telework arrangements in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Council of Ministers decided on the 18th of March 2020 to reduce the total number of private and public sector employees present at the workplace to 20%, while requesting the other 80% to telework. There are some exceptions for enterprises providing vital services.

Teleworking is an important component of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is practical guidance to teleworking for employees and management.

21 April 2020 07:28 pm

Al Meera requires shoppers to wear face masks from 24 April

In light of the continuing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Al Meera’s precautionary measures to provide a safe shopping experience, the hypermarket chain will no longer allow shoppers without face masks in their branches, effective Friday, April 24th.

21 April 2020 04:30 pm

HBKU Press invites to submit literary, artistic work for a new publication documenting life in confinement due to COVID-19

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) has opened a call for submissions for any literary and/or artistic works inspired by life in confinement due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and personal changes that have occurred as a result of the world in crisis.

21 April 2020 03:06 pm

MME urges residents not to litter used gloves, masks

AlShahaniya municipality has detected a number of violations of the provisions of the General Cleaning Law No 18 of 2017, in front of markets, where 8 violations of throwing used masks and gloves were registered, MME posted in its official Twitter account.

21 April 2020 01:33 pm

Ministry reports 518 new cases of COVID-19 as 59 recover

Ministry of Public Health today announced 518 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the recovery of 59 cases, bringing the total number of recovered cases in Qatar to 614

21 April 2020 12:36 pm

Al-Rawnaq closes all branches starting today

In a post in its Facebook account, Al Rawnaq Trading Complex has announced the preventive closure of its stores from Tuesday, April 21, 2020, until further notice due to crowding in its branches.

21 April 2020 11:56 am

MoCI: No more takeaways; Restaurants, cafes (coffee shops) to provide delivery services only as per new procedures

"In line with previous decisions and procedures, restaurants and cafes have been allowed to operate by only processing delivery orders according to the outlined procedures."

It was decided to allow restaurants and cafes (coffee shops) to provide delivery services within the framework of the preventive measures established by the State of Qatar to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents, and in line with previous decisions and procedures.

The owners of restaurants and cafes (coffee shops) shall comply with the following procedures:

  • To ban customers from collecting orders and to close the doors of restaurants and cafes (coffee shops)
  • To refrain from hosting customers both inside and outside the store

21 April 2020 09:59 am

Tips on how to wash and store your groceries to protect against COVID-19

After doing your grocery shopping, how should you clean your groceries to prevent the spread of COVID-19? The Ministry of Public Health has posted an infographic on how you should wash and store the food and other items you have bought.

20 April 2020 11:44 pm

Remote work policy to continue in collecting and spending Zakat fund in Qatar

The Zakat Fund Department at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs has confirmed the continuation of the remote work policy regarding collection and spending during the holy month of Ramadan, in line with the precautionary measures taken by the State to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to preserve the Zakat payers and employees, until the current crisis resulting from the spread of this pandemic is over.

22 April 2020 09:44 am

HMC prepares plan to protect elderly from COVID 19

Hamad Medical Corporation said Tuesday that they prepared a plan to protect the elderly from the threats of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The plan was prepared in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

20 April 2020 11:25 pm

MADLSA finds violations by 11 companies in Al-Kharra area

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has recorded violations by 11 companies operating in various sectors, such as trade, contracting, agricultural, irrigation, electrical and mechanical services, technical services, transportation, supplies, and facilities management at a residential location in the Al-Kharra area.

20 April 2020 10:40 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar: 90% of cases are light, 1% are serious and 9% are hospitalized

H.E. official spokesman of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater gave a presentation on coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis management in the State of Qatar, reviewing some indicators and numbers about recoveries and deaths, reassuring all about the safety of the approach followed in the face of the virus.

20 April 2020 10:03 pm

Partial opening of the closed Industrial Area streets to begin from Wednesday

Her Excellency, Lolwah bint Rashid Al-Khater, official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, chaired a press conference tonight at 9 pm to explain the rise in cases of COVID-19 & measures on Qatar Television and Al Rayyan TV.

20 April 2020 04:20 pm

MOI: Tourist visa holders allowed to stay in the country until flights resume

In a post in its official Twitter account, the Ministry of Interior has announced that it was decided to allow visitors in the country on tourist visas (on-arrival and priorly issued) to stay in the country considering that they cannot return to their home countries due to the current circumstances.

The Ministry said in its tweet that "According to Law No.21 of 2015 regulating entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, it has been decided to allow expatriate visitors in the country on tourist visas (on-arrival and in-advance) to stay in the country without extending their visas or paying any fee, taking into account their inability to return to their home countries due to closure of airports.

In addition, the Ministry mentioned that once the State of Qatar "declares that the conditions have returned to normal and flights start operation to their countries, they will be granted a grace period to leave the country."

20 April 2020 02:30 pm

567 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as 37 recover and one more person dies on April 20

Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 567 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the recovery of 37 cases of the disease. The Ministry also announced that one additional person has sadly died from coronavirus.

20 April 2020 01:09 pm

HMC launches drive-thru anticoagulation service in Al Wakra Hospital as part of COVID-19 prevention

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) launched a new service for patients of the Anticoagulation Clinic affiliated with the Cardiology Department and Pharmacy at Al-Wakra Hospital, which consists of conducting a coagulation test for those patients in their private cars without the need to enter the hospital and go through different procedures until they receive their medications.

20 April 2020 10:00 am

First Finance Company postpones payment installments for registered SMEs

First Finance Company, a subsidiary of Barwa Bank Group, has announced that it has postponed payment installments for registered small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). FFC’s decision to postpone finance installments and documentary credits dues of its SME customers without additional feeds or profits goes into effect starting March 16, 2020, for a period of 6 months. First Finance Company will liaison directly with registered SMEs wishing to defer installments.

19 April 2020 01:58 pm

Qatar records 8 new recoveries, 440 new confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health today announced 440 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recovery of 8 cases of the disease, bringing the total cases of recovery in the State of Qatar to 518 cases.

19 April 2020 01:29 pm

Connecting for Care: new online platform to provide social support to workers in Qatar

As a response to COVID-19, EAA’s Reach Out To Asia programme trained 40 volunteers to resource “Connecting for Care”, an online campaign launched to provide social support to quarantined workers in Qatar.

19 April 2020 09:37 am

Helpline provides accessible mental health support amidst COVID-19 pandemic

The Mental Health Service of Hamad Medical Corporation has launched a helpline to provide support for people experiencing stress or psychological distress, as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Working with the Ministry of Public Health and the Primary Healthcare Corporation this is a national initiative that will support all sections of the community.

18 April 2020 07:38 pm

MME launches "The Small Inspector" campaign to support volunteering

The Ministry of Municipal and Environment (MME) has launched the "The Little Inspector" campaign, as part of the efforts of the voluntary work support Initiative committee under the slogan "Your safety is my safety" and within the framework of the state's efforts to limit the spread of (COVID-19).

18 April 2020 02:23 pm

MoPH announces 46 new recovered cases, 345 new confirmed cases, 1 death due to COVID 19

Ministry of Public Health today announces the registration of 345 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recovery of 46 cases of the disease, bringing the total cases of recovery in the State of Qatar to 510 cases. It also announced that an additional patient had sadly died from coronavirus.

17 April 2020

MoPH announces 49 new recovered cases, 560 new confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 560 confirmed new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recovery of 49 cases of the disease, bringing the total recovery cases in the State of Qatar to 464 cases.

16 April 2020 02:38 pm

Qatar records 9 new recovered cases, 392 new confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Public Health today announced the registration of 392 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the recovery of 9 cases of the virus, bringing the total number of people to have recovered from COVID-19 in the State of Qatar to 415.