Did you know that this week saw 1 death due to COVID-19 and the maximum recoveries in a day were 152 recorded on 19 July 2021, while 133 was the highest number of newly infected cases recorded on 16 July 2021? Here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases, and deaths related to the current COVID-19 situation.
From 15-21 July 2021, 977 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks, 78for not adhering to physical distancing, 10 for not downloading EHTERAZ on their phones, and 5 for exceeding the number of persons in a car. A total of 1,070 violationswere recorded from 15-21 July 2021. (2 announcements were made on 15 July 2021 on MOI's Twitter account)
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 (15 July - 21 July 2021)
On average there have been 123 new cases per day over the last week (15 July- 21 July). With the highest number of cases being reported on 16 July (133 cases) and the lowest numbers on 20 July (108 cases).
Daily recoveries in Qatar
(15 July - 21 July 2021)
On average there have been 116 recoveries per day over the last week (15 July- 21 July). With the highest number of recoveries being reported on 19 July (152 recoveries) and the lowest number of recoveries on 18 July (94 recoveries).
Daily deaths in Qatar
(15 July - 21 July 2021)
From 15-21 July, the total number of deaths recorded was 1.
In recent weeks the combined impact of COVID-19 restrictions and increasing vaccination rates, and the overwhelming support of the community, has 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 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.
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
3,587,683 COVID-19 vaccine doseshave been administered since the start of the program.
78.8%of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
98.6% of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 93.5% have received both doses.
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.
Pregnant women who have chronic medical conditions that could further increase their risk for severe COVID-19, as well as those whose work puts them at increased risk for getting infected, should consider taking the vaccine, advises Qatar’s National Health Strategy Lead for Healthy Women Leading to Healthy Pregnancies, Dr. Najat Al Khenyab.
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.
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 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 81 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 7 July 2021, all employees in the public and private sector to carry out a rapid antigen test that is accredited by the Ministry of Public Health on a weekly basis. This applies to employees who did not receive or complete both doses of their COVID-19 vaccines. Those who did take both doses or recovered from the disease are exempt from taking the rapid antigen test.
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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