The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has just announced the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) figures here in Qatar. Check them out below:
Summary of new infections, recoveries, deaths
157 total positive new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. 78 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the community and 79 among travelers were announced today.
199 people have recovered from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recovered in Qatar to 217,143.
In addition, the Ministry announces two new deaths, aged 45 and 59 years of age, two of which had a history of chronic disease. All were receiving the necessary medical care.
National COVID-19 Vaccination Program Data
2813022 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the program.
17931 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24 hours.
68.2% of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
94.6% of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 88.3% have received both doses.
Current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Every day, hundreds of people are becoming sick due to the COVID-19 with many requiring admission to hospital to manage their symptoms.
Since 1 February, the number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospital has doubled.
Qatar's strict quarantine policy for returning travelers enabled us to delay the introduction of new variants into this country for several months but we are now seeing positive COVID 19 cases in the region and in Qatar with the new variants from South Africa.
This new variant is much more contagious and spread more easily between people than the existing strain and may be associated with increased severity of disease.
The good news is that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being used in our vaccination program are effective against the new variants.
The pace of the vaccination program means that there is finally hope of a gradual return to normal for us here in Qatar and people around the world. But this will not happen in the next few weeks or months.
COVID-19 will continue to be a threat to our health for the majority of 2021 and until all eligible members of our population have been vaccinated, we must continue to follow the preventive measures.
What you can do
With the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following precautionary measures:
Adherence to physical distancing.
Avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.
Wearing a face mask
Washing hands regularly
Anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should contact the 16000 helpline immediately. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
Visit the MOPH website for regular updates and new information.