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Posted On: 1 April 2021 09:00 pm
Updated On: 1 April 2021 08:58 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 57 Updates

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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Did you know that this week saw 17 deaths due to COVID-19 in total and the maximum recoveries in a day were 437 recorded on 31 March 2021, while 840 was the highest number of newly infected cases recorded on 1 April 2021? Here are the latest updated weekly trends in terms of recoveries, new cases and deaths related to the current COVID-19 situation.

From 25 March - 1 April 2021, 1,566 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks and 8 for violating the maximum people allowed in a vehicle in Qatar, 107 for not adhering to physical distancing, 6 for not following home quarantine rules and 23 for not downloading EHTERAZ on their phones. A total of 1,710 violations were recorded from 25 March - 1 April 2021.

The State of Qatar reimposed restrictions starting from 26 March 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 (25 March - 1 April 2021)

      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)
      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)

      From 587 new confirmed cases reported on 25 March, the numbers slightly increased to 602 the next day, after which it increased to 614 on 27 March, and then increased to 639 on 28 March. The next day, 29 March, saw 690 new infections, followed by 720 and 780 on the next two consecutive days, before increasing to 840 on 1 April, towards the end of the week.

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)
      Daily recoveries in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)

      From 327 recoveries from COVID-19 on 25 March, the numbers increased to 358 on 26 March, following which it increased to 382 and then decreased to 355 on 28 March. The numbers then stood at 362 and then increased to 412 in the following two days. The number of recoveries saw an increase to 437 on 31 March and then decreased to 423 on the last day of the week on 1 April.

      Daily deaths in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)

      Daily deaths in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)
      Daily deaths in Qatar (25 March - 1 April 2021)

      This week saw 17 deaths due to COVID-19 in total recorded on 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 March and 1 April 2021.

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      COVID-19 vaccine updates in Qatar

      Qatar started the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 on December 23, the second doses of the vaccine have also started. Here are some of the updates in Qatar:

      • As of 1 April 2021, a total of 842,200 people have been vaccinated in Qatar.
      • 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?
      • 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.
      • The Ministry of Public Health has announced that fully vaccinated people are now exempt from quarantine requirements following travel abroad and following exposure to a COVID-19 positive case.
      • Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Home Healthcare Service (HHS) has started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to its registered housebound patients to protect them against the disease.
      • Ministry of Public Health urges people over 60 years old and have not received COVID-19 vaccination yet to call 4027 7077 and book an appointment.
      • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) tweeted that it is possible to travel abroad immediately after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
      • Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal in a MoPH press conference mentioned that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being used in Qatar are effective against the new variants.
      • Dr. Ahmed Mohammed, Acting Chairman of HMC's Intensive Care Units said that it is very important that people seek help early, as soon as they notice the signs and symptoms, as the earlier treatment can be given the better the chances of a full recovery.
      • MoPH updated that:
        - Only people who are receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can visit the Drive-Through in Lusail and Wakra COVID-19 Vaccination Center in a car or suitable vehicle.
        - People who don't own a vehicle can visit the centre in a taxi to get their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
      • 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.
      • According to MoPH, 7 days after the second dose of the vaccine, a Golden Frame will appear around the QR code in the 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.
      • 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.
      • The Ministry of Public Health highlighted the importance of applying a bubble system to curb the spread of COVID-19.
      • Hamad Medical Corporation announced the opening of the second drive-through COVID-19 vaccination centre in Al Wakrah on 28 March 2021.
      • MoPH announced that at QNCC, the COVID-19 vaccine is only given to people who have received invitations to get the vaccine and who have met the criteria set forth in the framework of the COVID-19 National Vaccination Program.
      • The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is now administering the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine across all 27 health centres, as well as at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), with teams from the HMC administering the vaccine in Lusail City and Al Wakra Drive-Through Vaccination Centers.
      • Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) stated that MoPH has announced that it has lowered the age threshold for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 40 years of age.

      What can you do to be safe?

      It is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following the following precautions:

      • Remain committed to social distancing.
      • Avoid social visits to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
      • Wear a face mask as recommended when out of the house.
      • Wash hands with soap and water regularly; if not available use a sanitiser.
      • It is important that we continue to protect the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases and remind their family members to follow strict measures to reduce the chances of infection, including refraining from social visits.
      • Call the toll free 24/7 coronavirus hotline at 16000 for information or if you have COVID-19-like or flu-like symptoms. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it.​ The four main testing centres are:
        1. Muaither Health Centre
        2. Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre
        3. Um Slal Health Centre
        4. Al Gharafa Health Centre

      The Ministry also recommends that you regularly visit the MoPH website to view the latest information and instructions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the most up-to-date guidance on how to stay safe.

      When do you think the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will end in Qatar? Are you following all the SOPs? Do let us know your thoughts in our comments section. Do like and share the article - it keeps us going!