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
244 confirmed new cases infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus bringing the total number of positive cases in Qatar to date to 212,667.Of these positive cases, 151 are cases recorded among community members within Qatar and 93 cases among travellers returning from abroad who are subject to quarantine. All new cases are in isolation and are receiving the necessary health care according to their health status.
590 people recovered from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people that have recovered in Qatar to 205,750.
2 new deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths to date in Qatar to date is 524.
32,120 people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of COVID-19 doses administered since the vaccination campaign began to 1,976,748.
In addition, the Ministry announces 2 new deaths, aged 56 and 74 years of age, all of which had a history of chronic disease. All were receiving the necessary medical care.
National COVID-19 Vaccination Program Data
1,976,748 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the program.
32,120 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24 hours.
51.5% of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
88.3% of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 82.3% 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.