H.E. Lolwah AlKhater, the Official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, announced tonight in a press conference, the latest developments regarding Qatar's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
To start with, H.E. Lolwah AlKhater talked about the updates on the total cases of COVID-19 in Qatar:
She reviewed the patterns of virus spread to date in Qatar, explaining that the Covid-19 virus is a new phenomenon in the world, so health authorities around the world and those in Qatar are constantly seeking to determine the characteristics of this epidemic and how to limit its spread.
The first transmission chain was between the expats, which is a community infection, and it turned out that its focus was in the area that was closed from Street 1 to 32 in the Industrial Area."
The second chain of transmission of the Coronavirus in Qatar was among the Qataris and it is not considered to be community infections for the most part, but rather was transferred by the returning citizens from some countries, especially European ones, and they were subjected to health isolation."
H.E. explained that this does not mean that the mentioned forms of transmission will not change, but this is what has been monitored so far, and it requires, especially among those coming from abroad, a lot of responsibility and precaution to preserve themselves in the first place and to preserve their family members as well, whether this individual is grandfather or grandmother, a father or mother, brother or sister, or one of the sons.
Her Excellency revealed that the Ministry of Public Health approved the policy of home quarantine as a second option for families coming from abroad who prefer 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 Ministry of Public Health, she explained.
In the case of not respecting this quarantine, the legal procedures will be implemented, indicating that many countries have implemented this policy, and the first option remains to quarantine in the facilities designated for that.
H.E. reaffirmed that the personal responsibility of individuals and their implementation of the necessary preventive measures are the primary factor in containing the virus and limiting its spread in this crucial period.
"We would like to remind not leaving the house except for necessity and limiting gatherings, and we hope that you will not tolerate the epidemic and protect yourselves and others and keep an appropriate distance when dealing with others."
Her Excellency advised not to leave the house except for necessity and to limit gatherings, especially since the Cabinet approved the implementation of work remotely for 80 percent of employees in the public sector.
H.E. Al Khater called on everyone not to tolerate this epidemic, to protect themselves and others, and to maintain an appropriate distance when dealing with others.
Her Excellency explained that officials revised during the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management the latest economic and commercial developments, and it was found that the supply chains of goods were not affected and that there is a strategic stock of basic materials, as all relevant policies have been developed to deal with such crises since 2017.
H.E. Al Khater said that there is ongoing work to establish more factories for some basic materials that the State may need in the coming period.
In this context, Her Excellency announced that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will open the door to receiving requests from companies that wish to provide services under the voluntary activities of the state and society under these circumstances and. She also pointed out that the Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with several institutions such as the Qatar Red Crescent Society and Qatar Charity and others will open the door to volunteering for individuals aged between 20 and 45 years for medical or logistical support, each according to his experience, according to the conditions determined by the Ministry of Public Health.
Her Excellency praised in this regard the role of many private companies, including contracting companies and individuals, who gave the most wonderful examples of solidarity in this crisis, where some of them took the initiative to volunteer, adding that some companies, including contracting companies, provided their services and facilities free of charge, and some private companies not covered by the Amiri decision also exempted renters from rental fees.
Her Excellency clarified that since the beginning of the crisis, the State of Qatar has pursued the principle of transparency and the sharing of all information, which is the approach it intends to continue, stressing the necessity not to circulate false rumors and news, and to take news from its official sources, including the accounts of the Government Communication Office and the Ministry of Public Health on social networking platforms.
Her Excellency affirmed that the coming period is a critical stage for breaking these transitional chains, and requires everyone's solidarity and self-monitoring.
Her Excellency stressed during the press conference, that the State of Qatar will overcome this crisis, noting the bonds of interdependence that have appeared in the Qatari society.
"We are heartened by the compliance of many with the required procedures and the sending of positive messages to the community. '
Source: Qatar Television, Qatar News Agency
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