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Posted On: 22 July 2021 09:00 am
Updated On: 10 October 2021 04:42 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 73 Updates

Binu Cherian
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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, 78 for 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 violations were recorded from 15-21 July 2021. (2 announcements were made on 15 July 2021 on MOI's Twitter account)

Learn about Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of restrictions and here's all you need to know about the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar!

    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)

      Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 73 Updates
      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)

      Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 73 Updates
      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)

      Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 73 Updates
      Daily deaths in Qatar (15 July - 21 July 2021)

      From 15-21 July, the total number of deaths recorded was 1.

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      COVID-19 updates in Qatar

      Current COVID-19 status

      • 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​.​
        • 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

      • 3,587,683 COVID-19 vaccine doses have 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.
      • The Ministry of Public Health's online registration form for the COVID-19 vaccine is open to citizens and residents who want to register their desire to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
      • Check out our video on how you can register for the COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar: How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar?
      • 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.
      • From 18 June 2021, drive-through COVID-19 swabbing will operate from 4 pm to 11 pm at select health centers, according to Primary Health Care Corporation.
      • The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) had announced that people can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment via its bilingual Nar’aakom App.

      COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar as per age

      • Starting from 16 May 2021, parents can register their children who are aged between 12 and 15 for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar.
      • Children aged from 12 to 15 years are to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar.
      • Ministry of Public Health urges people over 60 years old and who have not received COVID-19 vaccination yet to call 4027 7077 and book an appointment.
      • The Ministry of Public Health also confirmed that all people aged over 30 are eligible to receive the vaccine in Qatar.

      COVID-19 vaccination certificate and EHTERAZ App

      • All individuals who have received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will automatically have a vaccination certificate available for them in the MyHealth Patient Portal.
      • Check out our video on how you can download the COVID-19 vaccination certificate: How to download your COVID-19 vaccination certificate?
      • 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.

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      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 81 health facilities that have been approved.
      • MOPH sets a maximum price for COVID-19 rapid tests in private health facilities. The price of the Rapid test should not exceed 50 Qatari Riyals.
      • 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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