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Posted On: 8 July 2021 11:00 am
Updated On: 6 October 2021 05:46 pm

Coronavirus in Qatar -- Week 71 Updates

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Did you know that this week saw 6 deaths due to COVID-19 and the maximum recoveries in a day were 189 recorded on 4 July 2021, while 158 was the highest number of newly infected cases recorded on 7 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 1-7 July 2021, 800 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks, 54 for not adhering to physical distancing, and 10 for not downloading EHTERAZ on their phones. A total of 864 violations were recorded from 1-7 July 2021.

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!

Phase 3 of the lifting of restrictions in Qatar will start on 9 July 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 (1 July - 7 July 2021)

      Daily cases receiving treatment in Qatar (1 July - 7 July 2021)

      From 146 new confirmed cases reported on 1 July, the numbers gradually decreased to 133 the next day, after which it fell down again at 103 on 3 July, and then decreased to 121 on 4 July. The next day, 5 July saw 93 new infections, followed by another 93 cases the next day, and then went up to 158 on 7 July, towards the end of the week.

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (1 July - 7 July 2021)

      Daily recoveries in Qatar (1 July - 7 July 2021)

      From 186 recoveries from COVID-19 on 1 July, the numbers decreased to 115 on 2 July, following which it increased to 160 and increased again to 189 on 4 July. The numbers then decreased to 148 and then went down to 80 the following day. The number of recoveries saw a minimal increase to 85 on the last day of the week.

      Daily deaths in Qatar (1 July - 7 July 2021)

      Daily deaths in Qatar (1 July - 7 July 2021)

      From 1-7 July, the total number of deaths recorded was 6.

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      COVID-19 updates in Qatar

      COVID-19 vaccines currently accepted in Qatar

      • The following six COVID-19 vaccines are accepted for entry into Qatar as per the Ministry of Public Health's announcement on 21 May 2021:
        • Pfizer BioNTech
        • Moderna
        • AstraZeneca
        • Covishield (Astrazeneca)
        • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
        • Sinopharm

      Latest vaccine updates

      • 3,333,203 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the program.
      • 77.5% of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
      • 98.1% of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 93% 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) has started 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.
      • A study carried out by investigators and collaborators from Qatar's healthcare system and research institutes supports previous research showing that full vaccination and prior infection are both highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and rationalizes resumption of international travel in the era of COVID-19.
      • Reducing the gap between first and second vaccine doses may negatively impact vaccine efficacy, said Dr. Soha Al Bayat Head of Vaccination at the Ministry of Public Health.COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar as per age.
      • 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 announces a list of 42 approved health facilities for rapid COVID-19 tests in Qatar.
      • From 18 June 2021, drive-through COVID-19 swabbing will operate from 4 pm to 11 pm at selected 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.
      • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced that a set of new features are now available on EHTERAZ following a recent update. The details now include information about the recovered status (for persons who were previously affected by COVID-19), health card number, last test date, and the person's result. The 'recovered status' details can be used to prove the previous infection in relation to eligibility for privileges under Phase One of the Gradual Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions.

      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) tweeted that it is possible to travel abroad immediately after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
      • The Ministry of Public Health has issued an update to the quarantine protocol and testing of persons for Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes the rules for exempting COVID-19 recovered people from quarantine and the need for all travelers coming to the State of Qatar to undergo a COVID-19 test in a medical center approved by the local Ministry of Health in the country they come from within 72 hours before their arrival in the State of Qatar.
      • The Ministry of Public Health has announced that the validity for quarantine exemption of all vaccines administered in Qatar will be extended from the previously approved six months to nine months.
      • The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar has released the updated travel and return policy on 21 May 2021 for GCC citizens and residents entering Qatar.
      • The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced that as part of Qatar's comprehensive measures to protect the health and safety of travellers and the community, the medical teams at Hamad International Airport are conducting random COVID-19 tests on a small sample of travellers arriving in Qatar.
      • The State of Qatar announced launching the passenger's online registration platform, which will expedite entry procedures to the State of Qatar through registration at www.ehteraz.gov.qa. Using the platform before arrival to Qatar will expedite entry procedures at the borders. The platform will be launched currently for arrivals through the Abu Samra border.
      • The Cabinet meeting held on 7 July 2021 was briefed on the new travel and return policies to the State of Qatar, which will be announced by the competent authorities.

      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 70 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 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!