Did you know that this week (12-18 August) saw 0 deaths due to COVID-19, and the maximum recoveries in a day were 231 (17 August 2021), while 269 (17 August 2021) was the highest number of newly infected cases? Here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases, and deaths related to the current COVID-19 situation.
From 12-18 August 2021, 706 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks, 139for not adhering to physical distancing, and 9for not downloading EHTERAZ on their phones. A total of 854 violationswere recorded from 12-18 August 2021.
Note: As per COVID-19 restrictions set by the government, please make sure to abide by the COVID-19 precautionary measures such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, showing your Ehteraz green status, and frequent hand washing.
Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (12 August - 18 August 2021)
On average there have been 224 new cases per day over the last week (12-18 August). With the highest number of cases being reported on 17 August (269 cases) and the lowest numbers on 15 August (187 cases).
Daily recoveries in Qatar
(12 August - 18 August 2021)
On average there have been 163 recoveries per day over the last week (12-18 August). With the highest number of recoveries being reported on 17 August (231 recoveries) and the lowest number of recoveries on 13 August (119 recoveries).
Daily deaths in Qatar
(12 August - 18 August 2021)
From 12-18 August, the total number of deaths recorded were 0.
In recent weeks the combined impact of COVID-19 restrictions and increasing vaccination rates, and the overwhelming support of the community, have resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of new daily infections in the country.
However, it is still important to be cautious as the second wave is not yet over and there are still two highly contagious and highly virulent strains of the virus that are actively circulating in the community.
Phase Three of the Gradual Lifting of Restrictions began on Friday 09 July 2021 and is part of a four-phase plan to be delivered over the coming months.
The date of implementation and the duration of each next phase will depend on the epidemic indicators, which depend to a great extent on the degree of compliance of the community members with the current measures, restrictions, and guidance by the government.
For now, it is important that people, including those who are vaccinated, continue to wear a mask as advised and maintain social distancing.
COVID-19 vaccines currently accepted in Qatar
The following COVID-19 vaccines are accepted for entry into Qatar as per the Ministry of Public Health's announcement on 8 July 2021. Travelers fully vaccinated with the above-specified *conditional vaccines will be subject to an antibody test on arrival if the result is positive with antibodies, exempted from quarantine; otherwise, the traveler must undergo applicable quarantine based on country of departure and perform COVID-19 PCR tests upon arrival.
Approved vaccines: 1. Comirnaty by Pfizer BioNTech 2. Spikevax by ModernaTX, Inc. 3. Vaxzevria, Covishield by Oxford-Astrazeneca 4. Janssen/Johnson&Johnson (only one dose)
Conditionally approved vaccine*: 1. Sinopharm
Latest vaccine updates
4,179,382 COVID-19 vaccine doseshave been administered since the start of the program.
91.3%of the eligible population (12 years and over) has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
79.2%of the total population have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Here are some important tips for people taking the COVID-19 vaccine, as said by MoPH official: - If a person had come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the date for taking the second dose should be delayed for 14 days from the date of contact. - The person will be fully protected from COVID-19 infection after a week or two from taking the second dose of the vaccine.
Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Home Healthcare Service (HHS) is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to its registered housebound patients to protect them against the disease.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) clarified that there is no evidence that any of the vaccines can affect the fertility of women or men.
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announced that the Women's Wellness and Research Center (WWRC) has launched a Virtual Consultation Service to answer questions related to COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy. Users can call the hotline on 3343 8436, from Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 2 pm.
The Ministry of Public Health has established a call center at the National COVID-19 Contact Centre (16000) which is dedicated to answering questions and inquiries related to the COVID-19 virus and assisting the elderly aged 60 and above in accessing a range of key services.
The new Qatar Vaccination Center – for Business and Industry Sector as the Center began operations. It is one of the largest vaccination centers in the world.
MoPH has urged the older unvaccinated citizens in Qatar to call PHCC on 4027 7077 or HMC Home Healthcare Service call center on 4439 0111 to book their appointment or visit the Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 website www.covid19.moph.gov.qa.
According to MoPH, 7 days after the second dose of the vaccine, a Golden Frame will appear around the QR code in the EHTERAZ App. In the “Vaccination” tab, your vaccination details will be displayed after 7 days from the second dose, including the date of the doses and the name of the vaccine received.
Quarantine and travel information
MoPH mentioned that people undergoing home quarantine who have a vaccination appointment scheduled during their period of quarantine should contact PHCC on +974 4021 7077 and reschedule their appointment.
The Embassy of India, Doha, announced in a tweet on 31 July 2021 that the Air Bubble Arrangement between India and Qatar has been extended for the month of August 2021.
Tests approved by MoPH
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), updated the list of health facilities that have been approved to conduct the COVID-19 PCR test. There are now a total of 95 health facilities that have been approved.
MOPH updates COVID-19 testing protocol and approves new tests for the private healthcare sector. They are Rapid antigen testing, Antibody testing (Rapid, Anti-N and Anti-S assays), and Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
MoPH granted privileges to people previously infected with COVID-19 within the past 9 months from 28 May 2021 as part of Phase One of the Gradual Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions.
As per the Cabinet announcement on 4 August 2021, all employees in the public and private sector to continue to oblige to conduct a rapid test for the Coronavirus (Rapid Antigen) approved by the Ministry of Public Health, on a weekly basis, for employees and workers who did not receive or complete doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine. Workers who have completed doses of the COVID-19 and those who have recovered from the disease are exempted from this requirement.
What you can do
With COVID-19 still a threat to our health here 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.
People should take the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest opportunity when their turn comes.
Anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should contact the 16000 helpline immediately. This is important as the earlier disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.
Source: Ministry of Public Health Qatar
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