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Posted On: 20 August 2020 07:00 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 25 Updates

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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With the Phase-3 of the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions in Qatar in place, here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases and deaths related to the current situation.

Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (13 August - 20 August 2020)

From 343 new confirmed cases reported on 13 August, the numbers decreased to 251 on 14 August. Following this, the numbers have seen a steady graph, with no spikes or a rapid drop in the number of new cases for the rest of the week. The numbers recorded on 20th August were at 268, at the end of the week.

Daily recoveries in Qatar (13 August - 20 August 2020)

From 330 recoveries from the coronavirus (COVID-19) on 13 August, the numbers saw a steady decrease in the number of recoveries and were recorded to be at 247 on 15 August. Following this, there was a steady increase in the two consecutive days on 16 August and 17 August, and dropped to 267 on 18 August. The number of recoveries increased to 303 on 19 August and were recorded to be at 266 on 20 August, towards the end of the week.

Daily deaths in Qatar (13 August - 20 August 2020)

From 0 deaths recorded at the start of the week on 13 August and 14 August, the number of deaths recorded was 2 on 15 August and 1 on 16th August. The number of deaths saw a sharp decrease to 0 on 17 August and the consecutive four days, too. The State of Qatar is able to curb the spread of the virus, by keeping the number of deaths due to COVID-19 to a minimum level.

Flattening the curve

  • Measures to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) in Qatar have succeeded in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the virus and the number of new daily cases and hospital admissions is continuing to decline each week.
  • Qatar’s proactive and extensive testing of suspected cases has enabled us to identify a high number of positive cases in the community.
  • Qatar has one of the lowest coronavirus (COVID-19) death rates in the world. This is a result of:
    1. Qatar’s young population
    2. Proactive testing to identify cases early
    3. Expanding hospital capacity, especially intensive care,  to ensure all patients receive the medical care they need
    4. Protecting the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
  • Even though restrictions are being lifted, and the numbers are declining, this does not mean that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is finished in Qatar.
  • Unless we follow all precautionary measures, we may experience a second wave of the virus and see numbers increasing – there are already signs of this happening in other countries around the world.
  • Now more than ever, we must be careful and protect the most vulnerable. ​

    What you can do to stay safe

    While the restrictions of coronavirus (COVID-19) are gradually being lifted in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following the following precautions:

    • Remain committed to social distancing.
    • Avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
    • Wear a face mask as recommended when out of the house.
    • Wash hands with soap and water regularly; if not available use a sanitiser.
    • It is important that we continue to protect the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases and remind their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits.
    • Call the toll free 24/7 coronavirus hotline at 16000 for information or if you have COVID-19-like or flu-like symptoms. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.​ The four main testing centres are:
      1. Muaither Health Centre
      2. Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre
      3. Um Slal Health Centre
      4. Al Gharafa Health Centre

    The Ministry also recommends that you regularly visit the MoPH website to view the latest information and instructions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the most up-to-date guidance on how to stay safe.

    When do you think the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will end in Qatar? Are you following all the SOPs? Do let us know your thoughts in our comments section. Do like and share the article - it keeps us going!