Did you know that this week saw 3 deaths due to COVID-19 and the maximum recoveries in a day were 149 recorded on 13 July 2021, while 146 was the highest number of newly infected cases recorded on 12 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 8-14 July 2021, 813 people were referred to the Public Prosecution for not wearing masks, 136for not adhering to physical distancing, and 4 for not downloading EHTERAZ on their phones. A total of 953 violationswere recorded from 8-14 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 (8 July - 14 July 2021)
From 113 new confirmed cases reported on 8 July, the numbers increased to 144 the next day, after which it fell down to 97 on 10 July, and then decreased again to 86 on 11 July. The next day, 12 July saw a sharp increase at 146, followed by 142 cases the next day, and then went down to 134 on 14 July, towards the end of the week.
Daily recoveries in Qatar
(8 July - 14 July 2021)
From 142 recoveries from COVID-19 on 8 July, the numbers decreased to 123 on 9 July, following which it increased to 133 and increased again to 135 on 11 July. The numbers then decreased to 105 and then went up to 149 the following day. The number of recoveries saw a gradual decrease to 116 on the last day of the week.
Daily deaths in Qatar
(8 July - 14 July 2021)
From 8-14 July, the total number of deaths recorded was 3.
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 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:
Muaither Health Centre
Rawdat Al Khail Health Centre
Um Slal Health Centre
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.
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