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Posted On: 20 March 2020 09:33 am
Updated On: 22 March 2020 03:57 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar --- Week 1 - 3 Update

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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.

Since this is the first update, we're bringing you all the coronavirus (COVID-19) news from 27 February 2020 - 19 March 2020, so you're completely up-to-date with what's happening in Qatar and how the government is trying to control the situation.

19 March 2020 11:07 pm

MOCI announces rent exemption for industrial areas

In a post in its official Twitter account, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) announced that:

"Following the directives of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the decisions made during presiding over the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management to combat the new coronavirus disease (COVID-10), a set of new measures related to the economic and financial sectors have been issued, from which the Small and Medium industrial area and Mesaieed Industrial Zone are all exempted from the rent value for a period of six months, effective from Sunday 15 March 2020."

19 March 2020 10:35 pm

Coronavirus update: Home quarantine option, chain of transmission, new hotline

Official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Her Excellency (H.E.) Lolwah AlKhater revealed that the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) approved the policy of home quarantine as a second option for families coming from abroad who preferred that for special circumstances, provided that they don't show any symptoms of the disease, and that they pass the initial medical examination. They are also required to sign a formal commitment to comply with the procedures approved by the relevant international institutions and the MOPH, she explained. Her Excellency added that in the case of not respecting this quarantine, legal procedures would be implemented, indicating that many countries have implemented this policy, and the first option remains to quarantine in the facilities designated for that.

19 March 2020 09:43 pm

8 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar; 6 new cases recovered

The Official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management H.E. Lolwah AlKhater, announced tonight in a press conference, the latest developments regarding Qatar's efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Eight new confirmed cases of the virus were announced, most of them with expats, two of them Qatari citizens returning from Italy and the UK, all of whom have been quarantined. In general, most of the affected cases are in stable condition, but six cases are in intensive care. Six new cases were recovered, four expats and two Qataris, bringing the total of recovered cases to 10.

19 March 2020 10:58 am

Companies, businessmen in Qatar offer factories, homes, food products for free to combat coronavirus (COVID-19)

In a show of solidarity at a critical time when Qatar is doing whatever it can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, a number of Qatari businessmen and company owners are stepping up to help Qatari citizens and expats here by offering factories, homes and food products for free to help Qatar in its efforts to combat the epidemic, according to the Qatar Tribune.

18 March 2020 08:33 pm

MoPH reports 10 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Qatar

Most of the new registered cases are related to migrant workers that were under quarantine. Also, 1 new case has been registered for a Qatari citizen returning from travel from Switzerland. ‏The infected cases have been entered to complete sanitary isolation, they are in good health and receiving the necessary medical care.‏The competent authorities in the Ministry of Public Health continue to conduct the necessary checks for everyone who has been in contact with confirmed cases.​

18 March 2020 07:25 pm

H.E. Prime Minister directs quick implementation of procedures to receive citizens and residents returning to Qatar

The Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, visited Hamad International Airport after monitoring several observations on the completion of procedures for receiving citizens and residents returning to the country, including procedures for converting them to quarantine for their safety from the Coronavirus epidemic.

18 March 2020 07:20 pm

MOCI releases maximum selling price of disinfectant and sanitizing products in Qatar

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the setting of the maximum selling prices of sterilizers and disinfectants in the market. According to the Ministry's post, it is forbidden to sell the mentioned products in prices exceeding the maximum prices indicated in the list. In case of non-compliance, violations will be filed and legal measures will be taken.

To find out the price list, click on the following link: Maximum selling prices of sanitizers and disinfectants

18 March 2020 05:05 pm

80% of government agencies employees to work remotely; military, health, security sectors excluded

The Council of Ministers decides to reduce the number of employees present at the workplace of government agencies to 20% of the total number of employees for each entity to complete the work necessary for the functioning and regularity of public facilities, while 80% of employees start their work remotely from their homes or upon request, as of Sunday, March 22, 2020.

18 March 2020 04:41 pm

Hassad, Woqod, Ezdan Mall & Hotels, Katara Hospitality announces rental exemptions for commercial units

Four new companies have announced rental exemptions for commercial tenants in light of the coronavirus outbreak in Qatar.

Hassad Food Company

Hassad Food Company announced an exemption from rent for tenants in Al Sailiya Central Market and Al Wakra Central Market for a period of six months.

In a press release on Tuesday, Hassad said the exemption starts from April until September 2020.

Woqod

As announced on their social media: In view of the current circumstances, Qatar Fuel (WOQOD) announces a rent exemption for the months of April, May, and June for all WOQOD's tenants.

Ezdan Mall

According to its Twitter account: Ezdan Mall announces exempting all retailers at Ezdan Mall Gharaffa, Ezdan Mall Al Wakra and Ezdan Mall Al Wukair from rental obligations of (March, April, and May), as a committed supportive initiative in facing the current challenges. We seek the opportunity to invite all members and authorities of our community to consolidate to overcome the current situation.

Ezdan Hotels

In a post on its Twitter account, Ezdan Hotels company announces exempting all Restaurants and Coffee Shops at Ezdan Hotel West Bay Towers and Ezdan Palace Hotel from rental obligations of (April, May، and June), as a supportive initiative in facing the current challenges as part of our national commitments. We seek the opportunity to invite all people to consolidate to overcome the current situation. May Allah protect us all.

Katara Hospitality

Katara Hospitality is exempting tenants of its hotels including restaurants and retail shops from rent for three months.

18 March 2020 10:24 am

Health Minister: Qatar has one of the highest coronavirus (COVID-19) testing rates in the world

Her Excellency (H.E.) Minister of Public Health of Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari said Qatar has appropriately prioritised diagnostic testing and supported the laboratory response network to ensure the ability to test for potential cases of COVID-19, which is allowing for the better protection of the population. As of 17 March, almost 8,400 people in Qatar were tested for COVID-19 Her Excellence said stressing that the State's proactive program of testing means Qatar has one of the highest testing rates in the world.

18 March 2020 01:39 am

Shops and bank branches in malls, barber shops, beauty salons to be closed until further notice

In a press conference held on 18 March 2020 by Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Affairs, H.E. Lolwah Rashid AlKhater announced a set of new decisions that to complement the preventive measures and precautionary measures implemented by the State of Qatar to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

17 March 2020 10:44 pm

Three new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Qatar

Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Affairs H.E. Lolwah Rashid AlKhater announced the discovery of three new cases infected with the virus (Covid-19) from the arrivals, (two of them are from the same group in the quarantine), and the third is a new case in the community and works as a driver in a house, explaining that the infected are in a good and stable health condition and receiving the necessary medical care.

17 March 2020 07:30 pm

Rawdat Al Khail Health Center to become test and hold facility for COVID-19 starting tomorrow

In a tweet on its official Twitter account, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) announced that starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 4 pm, the Rawdat Al Khail Health Center will become a test and hold facility for coronavirus (COVID-19).

17 March 2020 07:25 pm

List of parks that have closed temporarily in Qatar

Al Bidda Park has been closed as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19. Other parks in Doha that have been closed include the Al Khor Park, Oxygen Park, Dahlul Hamam Park and MIA Park.

Sheraton/Hotel Park is open if you want to take a walk or jog. However, all restaurants and food kiosks are closed. Some of them are offering takeaway. Also, in line with the ministry's orders, the play area is also closed.

Moreover, play areas in all the parks have been closed by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

17 March 2020 05:52 pm

Qatari Diar exempts tenants in Lusail Marina and Barwa Commercial Street from paying rent for 3 months

The Qatari Diar Company announces the exemption of all tenants in the company’s Marina Lusail restaurants and cafes, as well as shops that continue to operate in Barwa Commercial Street (Abu Hamour) from rent for a period of three months, starting in April 2020.

17 March 2020 04:35 pm

Talabat waives delivery fees in Qatar

Talabat has announced that it will waive delivery fees based on a consumers proximity to a restaurant, nationwide. The initiative comes with Talabat’s desire to support its restaurant partners & customers to navigate the uncertainty provided by COVID-19. Using Talabat’s in-app location-based technology, customers will be able to choose free delivery from a multitude of different restaurants and cuisines nearby.

17 March 2020 11:38 am

Qatar Foundation waives rents for 6 months

Qatar Foundation has waived rental payments for its external SME retail tenants for six months, to support them in overcoming the challenges created by the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. These measures are being taken by the organization to safeguard the well-being of its staff, faculty, students, and the wider community have included closing public facilities and programs at Education City, and cancelling events, reflecting the fact that public health is Qatar Foundation’s (QF) top priority.

17 March 2020 11:21 am

Carrefour Qatar taking extra precautions to ensure safe, hygienic shopping environment

Carrefour Qatar is committed to the wellbeing of all its customers, colleagues and the community it operates in throughout Doha. Providing a safe and hygienic shopping environment is key to that commitment, and they have put in place some additional measures to ensure your shopping experience remains enjoyable and safe, and you have peace of mind when you're in one of their supermarkets or order with Carrefour Qatar, according to the chain's Facebook page.

17 March 2020 10:25 am

All mosques closed amid coronavirus (COVID) in Qatar till further notice

The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) directed the closure of mosques and the suspension of all congressional prayers including the obligatory five prayers and the Friday prayers, starting from the noon prayer Tuesday, until the condition of safety and tranquility for the worshippers is met, as part of the precautionary measures taken by Qatar to prevent and contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Updated On: 17 March 2020 10:32 pm

MOI announces the road closure of the old industrial street

According to the press conference held on the evening of March 17, H.E. Lolwah Al Khater mentioned that the closing of the parts of Industrial Zone 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.

17 March 2020 09:12 am

Only Qatari citizens allowed entry into the country effective immediately

In its latest travel alert, Qatar Airways stated:

"Under the instructions of the Qatar Government, effective immediately, entry to Qatar will only be allowed for Qatari nationals, who will be required to enter quarantine for a period of 14 days. Passport holders of other nations will no longer be granted entry for a period of 14 days, after which the restrictions will be reviewed. Passengers with onward connections through HIA will be accepted for travel and Qatar Airways’ global network will continue its operation for transit passengers as normal. Cargo operations remain unaffected.

16 March 2020 10:59 pm

Ministry launches campaign to sterilize workers housing to combat spread of coronavirus

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs has launched campaigns to sterilize workers' housing in the country, targeting 232 workers housing on the first day with Touch for Cleaning Company, as stated in its official Twitter account.

This measure is in the context of the important decisions and measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

16 March 2020 07:47 pm

Supreme Judiciary Council suspends several court sessions for two weeks

A statement from the official Twitter account of the Supreme Judiciary Council reads:

"Within the framework of the preventive efforts and measures taken by Qatar to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in the interest of everyone's safety, and after coordination with the relevant authorities in the country, the Supreme Judiciary Council has decided to suspend the hearings of the Court of Appeal, the Court of First Instance, the labor dispute settlement committees and the rental dispute settlement committees for a period of two weeks, starting from Sunday, March 15, 2020."

16 March 2020 06:04 pm

MoPH announces 38 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Most of the newly registered cases are related to migrant workers that were under quarantine. Also, 3 cases have been registered for Qatari citizens returning from travel and from several countries which are the United Kingdom, Spain, and Switzerland. The infected cases have been entered to complete sanitary isolation, they are in good health and receiving the necessary medical care. The competent authorities in the Ministry of Public Health continue to conduct the necessary checks for everyone who has been in contact with confirmed cases.​

16 March 2020 04:24 pm

Qatar Charity asks citizens and residents to volunteer for community service

Qatar Charity called on citizens and residents for volunteering to support civil society, respond quickly to any emergency at any time and benefit from volunteers’ capabilities for community service. The appeal comes as part of the efforts made by the State of Qatar to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The volunteer must be a Qatari citizen or a resident of Qatar, and be at least 18 years old, and the applicant must be medically fit to carry out volunteering activities. Qatar Charity urged people to volunteer to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), calling on them to register for volunteering through the link https://www.qcharity.org/en/qa/volunteer.

16 March 2020 04:11 pm

Sidra Medicine implements changes to services as part of precautionary measures against COVID-19

Sidra Medicine has announced through its social media channels that following the current development of the COVID-19 and in the interest of public health, it is implementing the precautionary measures as of March 17, 2020.

16 March 2020 01:55 pm

Electricity, water, rental fees exemption for Aspire Zone investors and retailers

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has exempted all its investors along with the owners of restaurants and cafes from rental fees, electricity and water fees, as of Monday, 16 March 2020 until further notice as a show of support during this critical time, and to show its solidarity with all its investors and retailers. In addition, AZF has temporarily suspended all the restaurants and cafes from today until further notice. Only drive-thru and delivery services will be permitted during this period.

16 March 2020 01:16 pm

H.E. Sheikha Hind: Qatar will come back even stronger from the Coronavirus crisis

Qatar’s proven resilience and ability to overcome challenges will see it emerge “even stronger” from the global coronavirus crisis, H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, has said. Amid the adjustments to daily life that COVID-19 has created, Her Excellency said positivity, proactivity, and a determination to find solutions are already characterizing Qatar’s response to the virus, with the nation’s sense of readiness and togetherness putting it in the best position to address the challenges the virus poses.

16 March 2020 01:13 pm

Mall of Qatar exempts retailers from rent for three months

Given the current events in Qatar, all the retailers at the Mall of Qatar (MOQ) will be exempted from rental obligations for the months of March, April and May of this year. The MOQ remains committed to provide support that helps its partners tackle any financial consequences at this stage, and unite efforts to overcome the current challenges.

15 March 2020 10:45 pm

Health clubs (spas), swimming pools, dine-in services in hotels to be suspended

As part of the efforts and precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar in order to prevent and limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, and in the interest of public health and safety of all members of the society, by avoiding the gathering and crowds in public areas or such places with more opportunities for contact among its users, it was decided that:

  • all health clubs (spas) and gyms, including all facilities and services and closure of swimming pools.
  • all restaurants in hotel establishments will close except for providing room service, catering services outside the hotel establishments and takeaway services.

15 March 2020 09:47 pm

MOCI: dining in restaurants and cafes to be suspended

Dining in restaurants and cafes in Qatar have been banned until further notice as part of the efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries said in tweet on Sunday. Home-delivery and takeaway are not included in the suspension.

15 March 2020 8:33 pm

Incoming flights to Doha to be stopped for 14 days; public transportation to be stopped

All incoming trips to Doha will be stopped starting next Wednesday for a period of two weeks as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Transit passengers can still fly via HIA. The restriction will start on Wednesday 18th March and last two weeks. The restriction may be extended depending on the situation. This is with the exception of air cargo and transit flights, in addition to receiving any of the Qatari citizens coming from any destination in the world without specifying that with a period of time, provided that Quarantine is applied to them for 14 days. Citizens and residents are urged to avoid travel during the coming period All public transportation in Doha from 10 pm today will be stopped. This includes the Doha Metro and Karwa. This will be until further notice.

15 March 2020 07:41 pm

MoPH announces 64 new confirmed coronavirus cases

In its website, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today announced 64 new confirmed cases of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) during the last 24 hours taking the total confirmed cases of coronavirus in Qatar to 401. There are already 4 patients who have recovered from COVID-19 taking the total active cases to 397. There are 7,950 people who have been tested for COVID-19 so far.

15 March 2020 07:54 pm

H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's message about coronavirus prevention in Qatar

In a tweet in H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's official account, he stated:

"Today we learned about the work of the Coronavirus Prevention Committee. Things are going well and the parties are doing their duty to the fullest. There will be additional measures to control the epidemic. Our plan aims to block the virus with the least confusion. It is a collective responsibility that requires the commitment and cooperation of all without exception and without delay."

15 March 2020 01:58 pm

Msheireb properties exempts retailers and F&B tenants from rent and utility bills

Msheireb Properties, the leading sustainable real estate developer, announced that all retailers and F&B tenants at Msheireb Downtown Doha will be exempt from their rent and utility bills from today - March 15 - until further notice. The decision comes as part of Msheireb Properties’ community support during a time where Qatar is fighting the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) within its borders. The intent of the initiative is to lighten the financial strain on investors and businesses as the State of Qatar implements measures designed to promote social distancing and limit large gatherings.

15 March 2020 10:01 am

QFA suspends football activities until March 29, 2020

The Qatar Football Association has decided to stop all football matches, which include the Amir Cup, QNB Stars League, Second Division League, QatarGas League and Ooredoo Cup for the season 2019-2020 in addition to other local football competitions that are organized by the Qatar Football Association until 29 March. This decision comes within the framework of the efforts and measures taken by the state to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to ensure the safety of players, fans and administrative staff.

15 March 2020 09:45 am

Bars and Clubs in Qatar to close temporarily

As a precautionary measure by Qatar National Tourism Council, to help slow infection and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), clubs and bars in Qatar to close temporarily as of 14 March, 6 pm.

14 March 2020 08:18 pm

Katara waives rental and other fees to business owners and investors from tomorrow

Katara announced to waive rents and other fees (electricity & water) to their investors, restaurant and cafe owners starting from 15 March 2020.

14 March 2020 08:13 pm

MOPH announces recovery of the first 4 coronavirus-infected cases

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced today at a press conference that four patients recovered from the coronavirus (COVID 19). Dr. Mona Al Muslimani, Medical Director of the Center for Communicable Diseases (CDC) said that the nationalities of the four cases that were cured belong to a Filipina woman and three men from the nationalities of Jordan, Sudan and Iran. Al Maslamani confirmed that all other cases at the CDC were stable.

14 March 2020 06:50 pm

Msheireb Museums closes its doors to public until further notice

Due to the current situation and to protect the visitors, Msheireb Museums will be closed temporarily until further notice.

14 March 2020 04:32 pm

Al Khaliji bank postpones SME loan payments for 3 months

Taking into consideration the impact of coronavirus in various sectors, Al Khaliji bank has announced that all your SME due payments on your loans and your documentary Credits are postponed for a period of 3 months without any interest or fees effective March.

14 March 2020 01:13 pm

Qatar records 17 new cases of coronavirus, raising total up to 337

The Ministry of Public Health today announced that 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) have been registered in the State of Qatar. New cases relate to previously discovered cases among expatriate workers who are quarantined. The new cases have been introduced to complete isolation, and they are very healthy and receiving necessary medical care.

14 March 2020 09:31 am

QNB postpones SME loan payments for 3 months due to coronavirus outbreak

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Qatar National Bank (QNB) has postponed all payments due under your loans and your documentary credits for 3 months without any interest or fees starting March. This statement was released on their official Twitter account.

14 March 2020 12:03 am

France, Germany, Spain and Sudan have temporary entry ban to Qatar

As part of the precautionary measures taken by Qatar to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and as an extension to previous decisions on suspending travel from designated countries, it was decided to suspend visa on arrival from a number of European countries - Germany, Spain, or France, effective 15 March and until further notice. It has also been decided to temporarily suspend entry to Qatar from Sudan. This restriction includes those who are in possession of visa on arrival or a Qatar residence permit.

13 March 2020 10:00 pm

MOPH confirmed 58 new cases, bringing total to 320

The MOPH announced today the registration of 58 new confirmed cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Qatar. Fifty-four (54) of the new cases are related to the cases identified earlier among expatriate workers and most of these cases have already been in quarantine. The other four cases are related to travel contacts. All new cases are receiving suitable care under complete isolation and they all are in stable health condition. The Ministry is expanding the scope of testing for COVID-19 to trace all possible contacts of infected patients.

13 March 2020 09:31 pm

PHCC implements precautionary measures as of Saturday 14th March 2020

Primary Health Care Corporation tweeted, all scheduled appointments would be canceled starting from 14 March 2020 at all health centers except for child clinics, vaccination clinics, urgent radiology and ultrasound appointments.

13 March 2020 11:39 am

QRCS opens registrations for volunteers for #WeAreAllVounteersForQatar initiative

The volunteering department of the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) sought the support of civil societies to limit the spread of the virus. So, it made a list of volunteers wishing to participate for any emergency work at any time if necessary.

13 March 2020 12:28 am

Qatar Museums temporarily close

In response to the recently reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar, as a precautionary measure, Qatar Museums closed all its museums and heritage sites to visitors until further notice. Additionally, all museum shops, cafés and restaurants and the National Museum of Qatar playground will be closed. The museums include: National Museum of Qatar, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Fire Station. The following initiatives are also canceled until further notice: MIA Bazaar and NMoQ Baraha Bazaar; workshops, lectures, tours and educational programming, public events.

12 March 2020 11:50 pm

GCO: cinemas, theatres, children’s play areas, gyms, wedding venues to be closed until further notice

    In continuation of the precautionary measures taken by Qatar to prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), new precautionary measures were announced to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public. These measures included: closing cinemas, theatres, children’s play areas, gyms and wedding venues, including those in hotels. These measures were effective from Friday 13 March, until further notice. The Ministry of Public Health also called upon all citizens and residents to avoid crowded places and postpone holding social gatherings for the time being, for their own wellbeing and that of the community, and advised elderly people, and people with chronic health conditions, to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary, as they are more susceptible to infections.

    12 March 2020 07:21 pm

    Doha Metro suspends operation this weekend

    Doha Metro announced in its social media channels that the Doha Metro preview service would be suspended from Thursday 12 March 2020 at 22:00 and the service would recommence on Sunday 15 March 2020 at 06:00. Metrolink and Metro Express feeder services would also be suspended this Friday and Saturday.

    12 March 2020 03:34 pm

    MME announces closure of children's play areas in parks

    According to its social media post, Ministry of Municipality and Environment announced the closing of the children's play area in parks, to ensure the safety and health of park visitors.

    12 March 2020 02:33 pm

    QF announces temporary closure of public spaces

    Qatar Foundation (QF) curtailed certain activities and closed many of its public places and facilities at Education City until further notice, to help slow infection and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar and contribute to safeguarding public health, which is of paramount importance to the Foundation.

    12 March 2020 02:35 pm

    Msheireb Tram is out of service until further notice

    Msheireb Properties posted in its social media channels that Msheireb Tram will be out of service until further notice for the public's protection and to reduce any chance of transmission of the coronavirus.

    12 March 2020 11:40 am

    PHCC releases 121 citizens from quarantine

    The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) on its official Twitter account says the first batch of about 121 citizens who were evacuated from Iran and subjected to quarantine in a hotel in Qatar was released after passing tests according to international standards.

    12 March 2020 12:17 pm

    Muaither Health Centre becomes coronavirus (COVID-19) test and hold facility till further notice

    As of 12 March 2020, until further notice, the Primary Health Care Corporation's (PHCC) Muaither Health Centre will become an examination, testing and holding facility for anyone that is suspected of being infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the PHCC's Twitter status.

    12 March 2020 10:14 am

    Education City Tram service is suspended until further notice due to coronavirus outbreak!

    Qatar Foundation announced via the official twitter account that Education City Tram has been suspended until further notice to reduce the chance of infection and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    12 March 2020 09:55 am

    Qatar National Library is closed to the public until further notice

    In a statement released on Qatar National Library's website, QNL will be closed to the public until further notice in the interests of the safety and well-being of the library's patrons and staff due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.

    11 March 2020 11:10 pm

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) declared a pandemic: WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic during a news conference in Geneva after the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases around the world reached 113,752, and recorded deaths from the virus reached 4,018 deaths.

    11 March 2020 06:32 pm

    MoPH confirms 238 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 262

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Qatar announced the registration of 238 new confirmed cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVIDd-19) in Qatar for expatriates from contacts with the three cases that were announced as having contracted the virus on Sunday 8 March and they are all residing in one residential complex. The ministry explained that the new cases that were registered were those who were subject to quarantine as a precautionary measure since the discovery of the three previous cases, which prevented them from contacting other members of society, bringing the number of confirmed cases coronavirus in the country to 262 cases so far.

    11 March 2020 02:18 pm

    Qatar citizens, residents ready to volunteer their services to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

    Rather than surrender to the fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19), thousands of Qatari citizens and residents came forward to volunteer their efforts towards ridding Qatar of this virus. They are more than willing to do anything that is necessary at this critical time based on their field of specialisation, to support the country in its war against the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has seen 24 cases, as of today.

    11 March 2020 11:01 am

    Distance education to be activated if schools continue to be suspended, says Ministry official

    According to a report from Al Raya, Dr. Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, announced that

    "the use of distance education will be activated in schools and universities if studying continues to be suspended."

    Dr. Ibrahim mentioned that students had completed the first semester exams, and during the week, most of the second mid-semester exams were taken and a few remained. He added that the Ministry was studying various alternatives to deal with this situation, pointing out that there were several alternatives that would be applied if studying continued to be suspended to compensate students for the degrees of tests that are not finished.

    10 March 2020 06:45 pm

    MoPH confirms six new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 24

    Six new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in Qatar, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 24. The new cases were all expatriate residents, all of whom have had contact with the previously announced community cases. The new patients were admitted to the Communicable Disease Center under complete isolation and the people they have had contact with were also checked and tested.​

    10 March 2020 06:00 pm

    Ministry of Public Health bans hookah/shisha until further notice

    the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) issued a decision prohibiting the circulation of hookah/shisha in all restaurants and cafes operating in the country until further notice This decision came in light of the current health conditions and in line with preventive measures to avoid the causes of infection with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Ministry affirmed that any party that violated this decision would expose itself to accountability and the legal procedures followed in this regard. In relation to this, Katara and Souq Waqif also announced that hookahs would be stopped in all restaurants and cafes until further notice.

    9 March 2020 01:16 pm

    GCO: Suspension of schools and universities due to coronavirus

    The Government Communications Office (GCO) announced the decision to suspend public and private schools and universities for all students in Qatar from Tuesday 10 March 2020 until further notice, as part of the efforts and measures taken by the state to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety of students.

    10 March 2020 10:31 am

    MoPH confirms three new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 18

    According to Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal and H.E. Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, three new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were discovered and they were in contact with the cases that were revealed on 9 March 2020. H.E. Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani mentioned that the new cases were from the central market and a hypermarket. All of them expatriates.

    9 March 2020 12:30 pm

    Al Sailiya Central Market closed temporarily due to coronavirus outbreak!

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) reported three new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar. Among them, two cases were discovered in the Al Sailiya Central Market. Due to this circumstance, Al Sailiya Central Market had closed its doors to the public until further notice. The patients were admitted to the Communicable Diseases Center under complete quarantine, in addition to that all the people who came in contact with them have been checked to make sure they were not infected.

    9 March 2020 09:23 pm

    A temporary entry suspension of 15 countries to Qatar

    In addition to Qatar Airways announcement regarding flights to and from Italy, entry to Qatar temporarily suspended for all those intending to travel from certain countries, as of 9 March 2020. This decision came as a preventive measure due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide. The decision included the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand.

    8 March 2020 02:46 pm

    Qatar confirms three more coronavirus cases, raising total up to 15!

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) reported three new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar among expatriates, bringing the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the country to 15 cases. The three new cases were admitted to the Communicable Diseases Center under complete quarantine, and everyone who shared the residence with them was isolated, in addition to checking all the people who came in contact with them to make sure they were not infected.

    7 March 2020 10:25 am

    1 new case of Coronavirus from those in quarantine; total now 12: MOPH

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced the registration of a new confirmed case of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Qatar, for a Qatari citizen who returned from the Iran in the recent period, and subjected to quarantine upon his arrival in the country, bringing the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the country to 12. The patient was admitted to the Communicable Diseases Center under complete isolation. The MOPH confirms that the patient has not had contact with community members since his arrival, and indicators of disease outbreaks in the Qatar were still low.

    6 March 2020 05:16 pm

    MOPH: 3 new cases of coronavirus from those in quarantine; total now 11

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced the registration of three new confirmed cases of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Qatar who were in quarantine. Two cases of Qatari citizens and the third case of their family of another nationality who returned from Iran in the recent period. This brings the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the country to 11 so far. They were admitted to the Communicable Disease Center under complete isolation to receive the necessary treatment and the MOPH confirmed that the patients had no contact with the general public since their arrival, and the outbreak of the disease in Qatar was still low. It was reported that all newly diagnosed and advertised cases were in a stable health status.

    6 March 2020 02:43 pm

    Qatar WorldSBK postponed due to coronavirus

    Vice President of Losail Circuit Club Khalid Al Rumaihi announced the postponement of the Qatar Round, which was the first round of the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), which was scheduled to be held from 13 - 15 March 2020. Al Rumaihi said that due to the current conditions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the difficult arrival of the majority of the participants in the tournament in Qatar, it was decided in coordination with the International Motorcycle Federation, to postpone this round until further notice.

    5 March 2020 11:38 pm

    Qatar confirms four new infections with the coronavirus, patients remain under isolation!

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced the registration of four new infections with the coronavirus (COVID-2019) in Qatar, including two Qatari citizens and two expats - bringing the total to seven. They were among the citizens evacuated from Iran on a government-chartered plane on 27 February 2020 and have been under full quarantine since then. The infected were admitted to the Communicable Disease Center and kept under complete isolation in stable condition. The MOPH also confirmed that the patients had not had contact with community members since their arrival, and the outbreak of the disease in Qatar was still low.

    3 March 2020 01:23 pm

    MOPH announces 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19; patient remains in isolation

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced that one new positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had been confirmed in the Qatar, bringing the total number of cases in the country to eight. The infected patient was a Qatari citizen who was evacuated from Iran by Qatar on a private plane on 27 February. The infected patient was subjected to immediate quarantine upon arrival in Qatar and had not had contact with community members since his arrival. The risk of outbreak of the disease in the wider community in Qatar till very low. The infected patient was admitted to the Communicable Disease Center under complete isolation and in stable condition. The first seven positive cases that were diagnosed and recently announced all were in a stable health condition and undergoing treatment at the Communicable Disease Center.

    1 March 2020 10:52 pm

    People travelling from Egypt temporarily restricted from entering Qatar due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

    In a statement, the Government Communications Office (GCO) said:

    "As a public health measure, the State of Qatar has imposed a temporary entrance restriction to its territories on all those who are coming from Egypt through intermediate points. The measure is temporary due to the spread of COVID-19."

    This measure was taken to avoid an outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar, as reported by QNA.

    1 March 2020 04:50 pm

    Two more diagnosed with coronavirus; total now three; completely isolated from public: MOPH

    The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced two more cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three. The two Qatari individuals were evacuated from Iran on a government-chartered plane on 27 February 2020 and were under full quarantine and isolation since landing in Qatar.

    29 February 2020 02:59 pm

    Qatar confirms first coronavirus (COVID-19) case: MoPH isolates patient immediately

    Qatar recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on 29 February 2020, according to the Minister of Public Health (MOPH) today. The Ministry said in a statement that the patient who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) was a 36-year-old Qatari male who returned from Iran on a chartered government plane and landed at a private airport along with other passengers. All the passengers were placed under full quarantine and underwent tests, and this Qatari male who tested positive was, then, admitted to the Communicable Disease Center and isolated under strict infection control measures.

    The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service was working side-by-side with the MOPH Qatar, Hamad International Airport and other partners to ensure appropriate screening and precautionary measures were in place to ensure the coronavirus (COVID-19) does not spread in Qatar, and the one case that was recorded was the only case, as tweeted by the MOPH.

    28 February 2020 09:19 am

    Qatari citizens evacuated from Iran arrive in Qatar

    The Government Communications Office (GCO) confirmed that all Qatari citizens evacuated Iran due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) had arrived in Doha. A hotel was set up as a quarantine facility to be used by the Qatari citizens for the 14-day quarantine period. In a statement, the GCO reiterated that there had been no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar and encouraged individuals to refer to official information and to not rely on or distribute unconfirmed or unofficial information.

    27 February 2020 09:52 am

    Coronavirus outbreak: H.H. the Amir issues directives to evacuate Qataris and Kuwaitis from Iran

    H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued directives to evacuate the citizens of Qatar and the citizens of the sisterly Kuwait, who were in the Iran, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) there.